Senior Seminar: Politics of Display
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Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PLAH 4060
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Art History, Theory & Criticism
- Curatorial Practice
- Exhibition Design
The Politics of Display focuses upon the societal role of museums, especially the public display of art and material culture. The study of art collecting and curation incorporates art history, history, sociology, and art education. Of particular concern is the public experience, the way in which museums design for different audiences, as well as how objects are experienced within installation designs. The class is divided into four themes: Private Display: Wealth and the Ideology of Taste; Presenting Modern Art; Shifting Values: Challenging Institutions; and The Politics of Display: Design Debates. In addition to weekly assigned readings, two writing assignments, and two team-based research projects, students will be expected to attend class sessions at a variety of museums across the City, as well as visit museums on their own. Fees will apply to some of the visits. Pathway: Art and Design History, Visual Studies, Design Studies
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.