Food and Art
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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 3337
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Food Studies
  • Art History, Theory & Criticism
Food is a universal element of human life; it affects us physically, harbors our most potent personal and cultural memories, and provokes heated political debate. This seminar explores food-related imagery in Western art from the Middle Ages to the present in two sections: the first explores links between the representation of food and the aesthetic, economic, and political preoccupations of various historical periods, and the second investigates food as an alternate artistic medium in contemporary art that has influenced the development of performance work, multiples, installations, and videos. Students will engage with food’s material and metaphoric presence in art to examine how topics such as consumption, feasting/fasting, hunger/satiation, and gluttony reflect larger issues such as identity, ethics, religious devotion, gender politics, social status, psychology, and sexuality.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: All university 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.


Open to Undergraduate students.