History and Theory of Exhibitions
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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: The Arts
Course Number: LARS 2022
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
- Art History, Theory & Criticism
- Visual Culture
- Curatorial Practice
This course explores the history, theory, and practice of art exhibitions as well as the larger context of the historical, social, and ideological function of artistic institutions (from the museum, to criticism, to the gallery). Through and integrated series of seminar sessions, visits to museums, and programs coordinated with different institutions, students examine key events and issues, among which include: the notion of the national museum; ideological critiques of the museum; exhibitions and politics; the recent transformation of the museum into a global, tourist destination; the shifting nature and roles of exhibitions and curating, and their relationship to new trends in artistic practice. The emphasis is on how museums and exhibitions are both physical entities as well as ideological places, in which certain types of knowledge are generated and particular histories are produced. Readings and seminar discussions provide a context for the viewing, critique, and discussion of current exhibitions; meetings with professionals in the field; and lectures or seminars with working artists. The course also addresses recent issues in curatorial practice, and the emerging role of the curator as arbiter of contemporary art. Students view, critique, and discuss current exhibitions; meet with professionals (i.e. curators, education directors); attend lectures with working artists. (Please note: for some of these programs, availability outside of regular class hours may be required). This course also includes a required online and/or out of class component.
Open to Undergraduate students.