Avant-Garde Periodicals 1900-1935: Modernist Provocation
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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 4030
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Art History, Theory & Criticism
  • Visual Culture
Self-published magazines and journals were integral to early 20th century artistic production and provide a means to reflect on important networks of international exchange in realms of art and design. With issues ranging from graphic experimentation to the promotional strategies of anti-academic painters to modernist theoretical discourse, publications offer a material record from which to explore diverse aesthetic, literary and cultural specificities. Interdisciplinary in scope, avant-garde practices extended beyond traditional painting and sculpture to include the printed and spoken word, architecture, design, photography, and film. The interplay of these disciplines and their theoretical underpinnings will be examined through class discussions of contemporaneous publications. Though structured generally chronologically and regionally, the course stresses thematic considerations among the various avant-gardist circles. Students will be charged with leading discussions on primary texts. A research paper and class presentation provide individual in- depth studies. Knowledge of French or German is helpful.
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.