Border Crossings: Artistic Travels, Migrations, and Diasporas
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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 4004
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Over the past century, many artists, architects, and designers have crossed international borders -- or entire oceans -- to launch, bolster, inspire, or save their careers. In this course, we will investigate how lengthy sojourns, and sometimes permanent migrations, affected the output and identities of many creative minds. Similarly, we will consider how transplanted trailblazers have acted as significant conduits for cultural exchange. Moving in a roughly chronological manner, we will focus on four paradigms of border crossing: 1) Individuals moving within Europe for inspiration and career advancement before World War I; 2) North and South Americans migrating to European capitals for training; 3) European innovators fleeing to the Americas during and following the Second World War; and 4) contemporary stars who are simultaneously based in multiple countries, thus illustrating the permeability of geographic boundaries today. Throughout this course, our overarching questions will be: How does travel shape artistic development, and how has its role changed over time? This course will incorporate close reading of primary source documents as well as relevant secondary literature. Museum and gallery visits will allow students to experience works by key figures firsthand, and students will be asked to review at least one ongoing exhibition. Finally, students will research, present, and write about a figure who exemplifies one of the central currents we’ve examined during the semester.
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.