Self Portraiture
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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 3338
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Art History, Theory & Criticism
  • Visual Culture
  • Painting
Why would an artist choose to portray him/herself as a freak, a fantasy object, a shaman, a victim, or otherwise? This seminar explores the richness of modern and contemporary self-portraiture and its powerful metaphorical relationship to the personal construction of identity. The self-portrait (ranging from traditional visual media to conceptual and performance work) will be considered within contexts such as distortion, reflection, psychoanalysis, gender performance, race, and style. Artists under consideration will include Warhol, Sherman, Morimura, Kahlo, Piper, Munch, Mapplethorpe, Magritte, Picasso, Duchamp, Beuys, and many others.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: All university undergraduate 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.