Contemporary Art_participation/action/change
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Humanities
Course Number: NARH 3733
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Art History, Theory & Criticism
  • Cultural Studies
  • Visual Culture
Contemporary art assumes many forms but this class focuses on artists and artworks that embrace participation and action while seeking an end goal of positive change for the individual and society. Each class is devoted to the exploration of one artist or art collective allowing for an in-depth understanding of the subject. Artists include Joseph Beuys, Martha Rosler, Yoko Ono, Thomas Hirschhorn and Suzanne Lacy. Questions for consideration: How can art produce real change in the world? How do we judge the success and failure of social based projects? How is our relationship to art evolving as its definitions are changing? Student assignments include a research project that addresses the theme of community and a curatorial exercise that challenges the boundaries of the traditional art exhibition. This class is a seminar. Participation is required. New York’s thriving art scene and The New School’s Vera List Center for Art and Politics serve as resources for this class along with selected readings, videos and guest speakers.
Course Open to: Degree Students