Visual Culture in the Land of Immigrants
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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: PLVS 3205
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Art History, Theory & Criticism
- Visual Culture
- Ethnic Studies
Recent political debates about immigration to the United States—the controversial Arizona SB1070 (2010) and immigration reform protests in 2006—highlight Americans’ complex relationships with immigrants and migrants. This course considers the ways in which art, design, and visual culture represent or shift American attitudes toward immigration beginning with the Chinese Exclusion Act (1882) to present day, looking at artworks by immigrants, responses by American nativists, films, political cartoons, and other everyday visual expressions. How do Americans reflect their feelings toward immigrants visually? How does immigration address such complex theoretical and practical questions as racism and nationalism? What is the role of the visual in determining views on immigration and immigrants? And, how do immigrants themselves visually assert new identities? What can visual culture tell the critical viewer about American immigration myths and popular ideas about immigrants? Students will compete written reading responses, class presentations, a literature review, and exam. Pathway: Visual Studies.
Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. 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.