The Moving Image
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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 3003
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Art History, Theory & Criticism
  • Film & Video History, Theory & Criticism
Since the invention of film in the late nineteenth century, moving images have formed an increasingly important part of modernist, postmodern and contemporary art practice. Film, television, and then new media technologies have proved crucial to debates on the nature of art in the early 20th century, the late 1960s and early 1970s, and then the early 21st century. This course will begin with the cinema of attractions. It will continue with avant-garde forays into film by artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and Salvador Dali. It will follow the rise of video art with artists such as Nam June Paik and collectives such as Guerrilla Television. It will track the institutional success of video in the late 20th century with artists such as Stan Douglas and Candice Breitz. It will conclude with a consideration of new media. Inclass film screenings, gallery and museum visits will accompany seminar discussions.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: All university degree students. Pre-requisites: first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture.