Collage: The Politics
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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: PLVS 2007
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Art History, Theory & Criticism
  • Design History, Theory & Criticism
  • Visual Culture
This course takes a wide view of the sites, practices and consequences of collage, in order to frame a discussion about the possibilities of collage today as a critical agent in art and design disciplines. This class focuses in particular on the ways collage transforms images from dominant cultural discourse into subversive narratives. We will travel from the drawing rooms of Victorian society women, to the domestic interiors of Dada and Surrealist bohemia, to the pop-culture homes of the 1960’s and 1970’s to contemporary mash-ups, in order to seek out the underlying strategies of image sabotage and political critique that collage (at its best) employs. Students will experiment with making their own textual and visual collage, as well as analytic reading and writing, in order to understand the history and engage this very contemporary practice.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: University undergraduate degree students, freshman and sophomores only. Pre-requisite(s): 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.