Core Seminar 3: Site and Context
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art, Media and Technology
Department: Fine Arts
Course Number: PUFA 3200
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Visual Arts
Having acquired a basic understanding of the field, different media, as well as methodologies in the Sophomore year, this Core Studio will move on to discuss the contexts and environments in which art is conceived and engaged. Looking beyond their studio practice, students will explore the implications of location, audience and constitution of a public from the position of an artist. Through readings, projects in the field, and short writing and presentation assignments they will be introduced to the concept of site-specificity as well as to the varied field of “public art.” Their discussions of a Public and immediate forms of display will expand to a larger discussion of the historical, cultural, social, or conceptual contexts that support and create meaning within an artwork. Students will also be asked to consider the contexts created by their choices of distribution, from museum-based exhibitions, to public interventions, print publications and Zines. This investigation will be supported through guided field trips and discussions of how the works they produce in Core Labs might also be reconsidered in relationship to public, audience, and site.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: Bachelors degree in Fine Arts majors only. Pre-requisite(s): PUFA 2200 Core Studio 1 and PUFA 2210 Core Studio 2.


Open to Undergraduate students.


Open to Fine Arts students.