Curating as Socially-Engaged Practice
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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: PLCW 4011
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Curatorial Practice
  • Art History, Theory & Criticism
  • Design History, Theory & Criticism
This upper-level undergraduate seminar will take as its subject contemporary curatorial practices that move beyond the conventional display of works within a "white cube" towards projects that create curatorial platforms upon which to spark lively civic debates about thorny topics across the world. Curatorial practice today comes in many forms, including orchestrating site-specific urban interventions, envisioning global exchanges in the digital domain, fostering local, community-based collaborations, etc. No longer simply functioning as aesthetic connoisseurs, curators now work with a spectrum of stake-holders including makers, cultural organizations, local governments, NGOs, media interests, and community members to commission new works in complex political contexts. Students will learn about case studies of curatorial projects in which designers, visual and performing artists, architects, craftspeople, writers, and scholars work across diverse audiences and disciplines to critically address, enhance or transform the conditions of everyday life, often creating “think tanks” and unexpected “do-tanks” as well as materially-based displays.
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.