The Arts at The New School
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Social Sciences
Course Number: NHIS 4281
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Art History, Theory & Criticism
The New School for Social Research opened in 1919 offering courses in the social sciences and public affairs, but it quickly became a welcoming home for music, dance, photography, theater, painting, film, and creative writing. The list of modern artists associated with The New School is long and impressive. Martha Graham danced in a studio designed for her; John Cage taught courses in sound studies (and mushrooms, his other passion); W.H. Auden taught poetry; and Berenice Abbott sent students out to photograph the city. Why did so many artists gravitate here, to a school dedicated to "social research"? What impact did this association with the arts have on the university, on American education, and on the New York City arts scene? Students In this course conduct research in The New School's archives to uncover the history of the interaction between the arts, education, and the city that this university has prompted and supported throughout its history. Students design research projects and work individually and collectively to build a website about the history of the arts at The New School.