History of Collecting: Renaissance to the Present
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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 3762
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Art History, Theory & Criticism
  • Aesthetics
  • History
This class is an overview of the history and theories of collecting in the Western world. We examine collecting by kings and princes, Enlightenment explorers, amateurs, women, and museum curators, with an emphasis on the organizational logic of each collection. We look at the structure and significance of collections in both institutional and private settings. How is the narrative of art history constructed around objects in the context of private collections and public museums? How did the development of the art market change the practice of collecting? How have public and private exhibition spaces influenced each other, in the past and today? We explore these questions through readings, presentations, and field trips to a variety of collections and archives.
Course Open to: Degree Students