Women: Renaissance to the Present
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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: PLDS 3123
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Not for women only, this selective survey studies women painters, sculptors and photographers working in the past 500 years. It will include a look at design movements of the modern period as well. By studying the artists’ work and writings, including personal letters and statements, we will learn about their theories and practices, to know them as women and artists, in some cases only recently added to the “canons” of art history and design. What unique contributions have women artists made to our visual culture? What is their relationship to the prevailing political, cultural and artistic contexts? How do they image men and themselves? How do issues of gender, race and class impact on representation and identity? Time will be given to the lively and varied developments world-wide in women’s art of the last 30 years engendered by the Women’s Movement as well as contemporary activities. Field trips are planned. Overall, students will gain a knowledge of the history of women artists, as well as developing skills in critical thinking, analysis and writing. Pathway: Art and Design History
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisites: first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture. This course counts toward the Gender Studies minor.


Open to Undergraduate students.