Queer Aesthetics: Visual Art
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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: NCST 3506
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Topics:
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Visual Arts
Description:
This course is part of a series of one-credit courses that consider the question: What is a queer aesthetic? Through an examination of 20th and 21st century visual art, we will approach this question through a sustained engagement with art practice, form, and political content. From Andy Warhol’s silkscreens to Glenn Ligon’s play with image and text, the visual art we study will be discussed in relation to sexual identity, the politics of gender, and minority interventions in the public sphere. Rather than presume queerness as synonymous with homosexuality, we will consider queerness in relation to larger questions of anti-normativity. Other artists on the syllabus include the following: Tracy Emin, Rosson Crow, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Felix Gonzales-Torres. This course counts toward the Gender Studies minor.
Course Open to: Degree Students