Topics: Arch & Cultural Prod
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Constructed Environments
Department: Constructed Environments
Course Number: PSCE 5070
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This seminar examines the reciprocal relationships between architecture and cultural production, with a focus on contemporary practice, both in architecture and art. Starting with a brief overview of the history of the display of art, with an emphasis on recent decades, we will trace its development by analyzing its purpose, setting, socio-cultural context, scale, spatial procession, ideology/mission, funding, audience, etc. We will review different models of spaces for art and their implications on art and architecture: museums, kunsthalles, foundations, galleries, pop-up spaces, as well as some spatial concepts like the white cube, black box, grey box, flexible galleries, multipurpose and performance spaces - all in relation to specific examples of the art that they engage with, passively or actively, as site-specific constructs. The way art is made is changing – how does this impact places of display? Are these places for art changing from being repositories to becoming more like laboratories? At the urban scale, we will study the diverse effects of cultural production, whether active production or the display thereof, on neighborhoods/cities and discuss the concepts of ‘creative class’ and ‘cultural capitals’. Lastly the seminar will explore how the notions of spectacle and ‘attention economy’ can help understand current practices of cultural production. Theory will be examined through written texts and explored through analytical representations of case studies throughout the semester.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Pre-requisite(s): None. Open to: All university graduate degree students; upper level undergraduate students with permission.


Open to Lang/Parsons BA/BFA students.

Open to Parsons School of Design students.


Open to Graduate students.