NYC: Sculpture
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PLAH 1055
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Art History, Theory & Criticism
  • Architectural History, Theory & Criticism
  • Visual Culture
This course will focus on celebrated and little-known public sculpture and installations around the city ranging from Emma Stebbins’s “Angel of the Waters” to the African Burial Ground to the FDR Four Freedoms Park designed by Louis Kahn. Students will learn about sculpture’s historic styles and civic traditions, its purposes from memorial to amenity, its relationship to the cityscape and social fabric, and the process of design of commemorative works in public places such as the World Trade Center. The role of the artist, controversies and community impact issues will also be discussed. Students will make field trips with the class in lieu of some class sessions, and explore sites independently. To encourage active learning, students will research, write and present critical reviews and create proposals of their own to understand the crucial roles sculpture plays in our great city.
Open to: University undergraduate degree students, freshman, and sophomores only
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions


Open to Undergraduate students.