Senior Seminar: Public and Private Space
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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 4080
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Art History, Theory & Criticism
- Design History, Theory & Criticism
- Spatial Design
In an exploration of what an artist or designer's responsibility is to society and to him/herself, we attempt to articulate how public and private meaning are created and valued as these "social spaces" affect us all. To that end, we will examine several areas of global visual culture with the emphasis on contemporary painting and sculpture, and monuments and public art. We will also study the limits of personal expression with an emphasis on the body, drawing examples from performative art, photography and popular culture. In other words, visual art will be our lens through which we study and discuss themes such as collective memory, the urban and global environment, politics, race and gender. Students are invited to develop topics of their own interest in relation to the concepts of the course and their studio practice for their papers and presentations. Field trips are planned. Overall we will enhance our skills in critical thinking, analysis and writing while gaining insights into contemporary art and its cultural underpinnings. Pathway: Spatial Design Studies
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.