Art & Urbanism: Aesthetics and the Public Good
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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: The Arts
Course Number: LINA 3140
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
- Art History, Theory & Criticism
- Cities & Urbanization
- Cultural Studies
The urban anthropologist, David Harvey observes that, “The city is the site where people of all sorts and classes mingle, however reluctantly and agonistically, to produce a common if perpetually changing and transitory life. The commonality of that life has long been… the compelling subject of a wide range of evocative writings and representations.” This course looks at a selection of the texts to which Harvey refers and the manner in which they represent and contribute to the production of urban life. Our investigations will consider how art, architecture and design resonate with or contradict perspectives offered by social theorists. Among the issues we will address are: ideas of community and audience; definitions of public and public spaces; the function of monuments, and anti-monuments; and, the aesthetics of everyday life. A collective, semester-long investigation of New York City will consider how these theoretical and ideological propositions and cultural actions play out in neighborhoods across the city.
Open to Undergraduate students.