Art in the XXI Century
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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 2002
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Historicizing the contemporary art field may seem oxymoronic, and yet in the last few years numerous scholars and curators have begun to do just that. They ask: “What is Contemporary Art?” Art in the XXI Century will use this question as a springboard to investigate the art world circuit of the last two decades. Although the course will focus on the post-2000 years, the first few classes will reach back to 1989, a historical turning point marked by the rise of globalization. Each class will be dedicated to exploring a specific theme or medium that has been the subject of much recent discourse (e.g. the archival impulse; biennialization; digital art). Such an undertaking is critical to students interested in better understanding the principal tendencies in contemporary art, as well as theories on the “contemporary” (as opposed to the “modern” or “postmodern”).
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: University undergraduate degree students, freshman and sophomores only. Pre-requisites: first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture.


Open to Undergraduate students.