Theories of Modern 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 3035
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Art History, Theory & Criticism
  • Visual Culture
  • Design History, Theory & Criticism
Modern Art has generated a substantial body of critical writing and theory from artists, critics, and social theorists. In this course, student will read and discuss writings and theories analyzing, supporting, or disputing concepts and positions at the bases of modern art. There will be a focus on themes such as the critical reception of modern movements, modernism in relation to modernity, the implications of realism and abstraction as visual paradigms, the relationships between art and institutions, and the role of the artist as a social and political being. Students will apply their understanding of the modes of analysis and argumentation evident in the assigned readings by completing short analytic writing assignments, a research paper, and an in-class presentation. Pathway: Art and Design History
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.


Open to Undergraduate students.