Pop: Art & Popular Culture
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Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PLAH 2217
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Art History, Theory & Criticism
- Visual Culture
- Design History, Theory & Criticism
Since the beginning of the 20th century, artists and designers have make use of elements from popular culture in their work. Early examples of such usage include the bits of newspaper attached by Pablo Picasso to his Cubist canvases, the magazine photographs collaged by Hannah Hoch to create unique Dada personages, and the American products and signage that appear in Stuart Davis’s paintings of the 1920s and 1930s. By the 1950s Jasper johns was painting copies of the American flag, while in the 1960s Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg (among others) reproduced every aspect of popular culture, from movie stars to junk food. Since then, artists and designers have increasingly drawn upon sources that include television, films, advertising, and cyberspace for both the style and substance of their work. This class will explore both past and present connections between art, design, and popular culture through readings, discussions, slides, videos, field trips and presentations. Pathway: Art and Design History
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.
Not open to Fifth Year students.
Not open to Senior students.