Professional Practice 1
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art, Media and Technology
Department: Fine Arts
Course Number: PGFA 5127
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This course is dedicated to analyzing and critically engaging the methods and strategies of exhibiting art within the contemporary scene. It offers students an experimental forum to envision their own work in relation to a public forum. From museums, to public interventions, to print publications and Zines, to non-for profit spaces, to commercial galleries, this class will look analytically and comparatively at the multiple possibilities in which art interfaces with an audience. Leaving the classroom behind and visiting as a group the actual sites during class time, the emphasis is on learning how to encounter and engage with a space, the display and installation of art work in relation to the public and within the contemporary art field. Students will collectively discuss their own experiences as viewers in an on site class discussion and dialogue. This discussion will not only pertain to the art on view but also the methodology of artists, curators, and galleries in relation to the exhibtion of art and its engagement with the public. The on-site class time will be enriched by scheduled conversations and discussions with curators, galleries, organizers and artists and assignments of texts mapping the theoretical discourse behind exhibition makers. The goal of this class is for students to understand the multiple existing forms of exhibitions, not merely as a one dimensional display of work, but as an active, experimental discursive forum in which works can engage consciously with the world around them.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: Masters degree in Fine Arts majors only. Co-requisite(s): PGFA 5000 Graduate Core: Studio Visits, PGFA 5050 Graduate Core: Group Critique, PGFA 5150 Critical Thinking 1.


Open to Graduate students.


Open to Fine Arts students.