On Location: Writing at the MET and the MOMA
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: MFA Creative Writing Program
Department: Writing Program
Course Number: NWRW 3445
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Creative Writing
  • Visual Culture
New York City has a long tradition of artistic exchange and collaboration between writers and painters and of exchange between writing and the visual arts]. Kenneth Koch and Larry Rivers, John Ashbery and Jane Freilicher, and James Schuyler and Fairfield Porter were close friends and collaborators. Derek Walcott and e. e. cummings both painted and wrote, and photographers like Rudy Burckhardt documented friends creating art in their studios The class splits its time between The New School, where we share our writing, and the city’s two preeminent art museums, the Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Students meet at The New School from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., break for lunch, and reconvene in front of Moma,or on the steps of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, at 1:00 p.m. We will spend time exploring the collections and current exhibitions and writing flash fiction and “ekphrastic” poems, and other creative pieces responding to art. We will visit The Met’s European Painting Galleries, Sculpture Courts, Medieval Art and Armor Collection, and Costume Institute, as well as visiting the art galleries on all the separate floors of Moma. A final paper, containing each student's original writing during the course, will be due on the last day of class.
Course Open to: Degree Students