Queer Art History
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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 4004
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus, Paris campus
Permission Required: No
  • Art History, Theory & Criticism
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
Beginning in the 1990s, in the context of the rise of identity politics and of queer theory within the academy, the idea of Queer Art History began to form. What this means, though, still remains in flux - is Queer Art History an art history of an identity group, or is it a methodology? This course seeks to introduce students to an open and expansive idea of what might constitute Queer Art History, focusing on different ideas of what the field might entail, and considering the stakes and consequences of each of the models we will consider. Through careful attention to not only art historical texts, but also exhibitions and even artist practices that have addressed this question and present some model of Queer Art History, students will gain a broad understanding of how to think about the relationship between academic disciplines and political and social movements, as well as specific insight into contemporary debates on the topic. This course counts toward the Gender Studies minor.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisite(s): first-year university writing course and at least two prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture. One of these courses should be 3000-level.


Open to Undergraduate students.


Open to Paris students.