Chinese Art in New York City
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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 4012
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Art History, Theory & Criticism
  • Cultural Studies
  • Visual Culture
This course explores Chinese art from the ancient times to the present day in the public and private venues in New York City, the most active center of Chinese art outside China. Taking advantage of the rich resources and activities in New York City, we’ll investigate how Chinese art is represented and/or misrepresented outside its cultural context in the display, preservation and presentation in public museums and private galleries, how Chinese art is traded as commodities and/or exotic objects at auction houses and art fairs, and how New York based artists of Chinese heritage deal with such issues as Chinese art tradition, cultural identity and multiculturalism in and outside their studios. Course meetings consist of classroom lectures and guest talks, museum and gallery visits to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, China Institute, Museum of Chinese in America, Chelsea galleries, art auction and fair previews, and studio visits and demonstrations. Pathway: Art and Design History
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.