Advanced Practice:
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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 5300
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Visual Arts
  • Cultural Studies
  • Visual Culture
These electives will enable students not only to comprehend the complexity of their respective media but also to develop appropriate forms to actualize their ideas in the form of work in an exhibition or installation. Studio options for spring 2015 include the following:

Performance: This will explore private and public performance art practice, experimenting with notions of silent mindful presence while engaging New York City as its laboratory. Students will work individually and collectively, bonding into an ephemeral company through sensitive solos and generous collaborations. They will perform and then discuss a series of daily and weekly perceptual exercises, culminating in their own independent performance proposals, workshopped in class. Performance art was formally born in the early 20th century as a critique of the economic development of the art world through the European painting salon for the bourgeoisie. Performance remains an alternative practice that offered few collectibles until very recently. The practice feeds from many old and new traditions and thus remains influenced by tribal and religious ritual, healing practices, cabaret, theater, dance, psychodrama, feminist, queer and civil rights, and political and environmental activism.

Art & Politics: This will address the question of how to represent political content in art. In this class we want to reinforce the idea of art as a form of representation; one that has a powerful set of rhetorical strategies at hand, such as metaphor, allegory, analogy, irony, displacement, and re-framing. The class starts from the belief that we are past the postmodern “crisis of representation” and that it is possible to redefine the parameters in which representation is possible nowadays. This is not a theory class but a hands-on laboratory for the exploration of creative ideas in all media. Among artists whose work will be studied and discussed in the class are Alfredo Jaar, Walid Raad, Omer Fast, Francis Alys, Jenny Holzer, Mika Rothenberg, Biljana Djurdevic, Kadder Attia, William Kentridge, Nari Ward, and others.

Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: Masters degree in Fine Arts Majors; others by permission of the MFA Fine Arts program.


Open to Graduate students.