Memorials in History
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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: PLSD 4073
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Spatial Design
- Urban Studies
- Architectural History, Theory & Criticism
What makes a memorial? Is it necessarily collective? Architectural? Epic? Institutional? Permanent? Material? Can memorials be revolutionary and challenge states and societies, or do they necessarily represent and reinforce institutions? How do they construct memory? What makes them different from other forms of remembering, such as testimony, poetry, buildings, or written histories? Do memorials and monuments have essential relationships with death, violence, power, peace, introspection? This course will consider the above questions by examining memorials from prehistory to the present, with a close-focus on contemporary dilemmas and recent examples. First, the course will treat the long history of the subject, including pre-historical impulses toward memorialization, ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian practices, pre-modern Chinese and Japanese examples, Papal Rome, German nationalist memorials, and the design of Washington D.C. The course will then turn to in-depth studies of modern and contemporary examples. These include Holocaust memorials in Germany, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 9/11 memorials, prolific memorialization in the former Yugoslavia, and multiple cases in New York City. Field visits will be paid to nearby examples. Pathways: Spatial Design
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.