Theories of Avant Garde
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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 4098
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Art History, Theory & Criticism
- Design History, Theory & Criticism
- Architectural History, Theory & Criticism
This course will trace the ways that art has been conceived in relationship to politics over the twentieth century according to theoretical constructions of what it means to be avant-garde. We will look closely at three main strategies as they unfold from the 1920s to today: negation (early twentieth century European art), criticality (postwar period in Europe and the Americas), and interventions or micro-utopias (global art from the 1990s to today). Readings will include foundational theoretical texts as well as artists’ writings and manifestos. Students will complete a final research paper on an artist or movement that closely analyzes the dynamic and complex relationship between avant-garde theory and practice. Pathway: Art and Design History
Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisite(s): first-year 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.