Japanese Art
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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 2160
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Art History, Theory & Criticism
  • Visual Culture
  • Cultural Studies
Historically there has been no distinction in Japanese art between fine art and craft. Japanese culture and aesthetics are addressed in screens, sculpture, architecture, ceramics, fabric, and scrolls, all of which have a utilitarian purpose. This survey of Japanese art examines the visual and historical elements fundamental in the creation of the Japanese aesthetic. In addition much of Japanese art is linked to the two dominant religions in Japan, Shinto and Esoteric Buddhism. This course will explore these links through several art forms such as theater costume, temples, shrines, screens, and objects such as those used in the tea ceremony. Various periods will be discussed, including but not only, the Jomon, Kofum (Haniwa culture), Nara, Heian, Kamakura, and Edo. The class will also look at contemporary Japanese art. We will visit exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Japan Society.Pathway: Art and Design History
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
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.