Public Engagement

Museum and Curatorial Studies

  • The minor in Museum and Curatorial Studies introduces students to museum and curatorial practices, the concerns underlying them, their historical and theoretical frameworks, and their applications beyond the preservation and display of objects. The curriculum explores works in a wide range of media and their installation both within and outside of museum walls. Students in the minor develop practical and academic skills in visual studies, curation, and cultural policy.

    The Museum and Curatorial Studies curriculum includes classes at the New School for Public Engagement, the School of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons, and Eugene Lang College. The minor is coordinated by the Chair of Arts and Social Engagement at NSPE.

    The minor requires 6 courses with a minimum of 18 credits. Two introductory courses introduce students to the field; two advanced courses explore topics in visual culture and history; and two advanced courses look specifically at museums and curatorial practices.

    At least one of the introductory courses is offered every semester. Advanced courses come from a list of electives that fluctuate.

    Students interested in a minor can simulate a worksheet that accounts for courses already completed and in progress using the "What If" feature in Degree Works.

    Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Some courses may be in development and offered at a later time. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.

    Eligibility

    Minors are available to undergraduate students across The New School except those students at Lang and in the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students who are completing a self-designed BA or BS in Liberal Arts, who are not permitted to declare minors. For students at Lang or in the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students who are interested in pursuing deeper study of this subject area, opportunities are available through the self-designed major in Liberal Arts. To explore this, contact an academic advisor or read more information about self-designed options for Lang or the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students.

    Learning Outcomes

    A student who has completed this minor should be able to demonstrate:

    • Familiarity with the history of collecting and the origins of museums.
    • Awareness of current debates and best practices in the fields.
    • An understanding of the significance and relevance of historical material and visual culture for the present day.
    • An ability to think, speak and write critically about exhibitions and displays.
    • An ability to conduct historical research on visual and material culture using primary and secondary sources.
    • Competency in writing exhibition, grant, and public programming proposals.
    • An ability to contribute to the conceptualization, curation, or production of an exhibition, installation, performance, or other curated event.

    Curriculum

    Subject Area Sample Courses Requirements
    Introductory Courses NARH 2200 The Arts and Social Engagement – An Introduction
    NARH 2102 Introduction to Museum Studies
    NARH 3424 Take Care Introduction to Curatorial Studies and Practice
    LVIS 2240 History and Theory of Exhibitions
    LVIS 2240 Art and Collecting Culture
    6-8 credits
    Advanced Courses in Visual Culture and History NARH 2550 End of Art Comes us as Artist's Book Intro
    NPUB 3000 Public/Art
    NARH 3369 Impressions of Modernity
    NARH 3324 Homosexuality in 20th Century American Art
    NARH 3465 Warhol_2015
    NPUB 3222 Just Art - Art and Social Justice
    NARH 3729 From Object to Experience - Art of 1960s-70
    NCST 3104 History of the Photography Book
    NHUM 3107 Spectacle in the Arts
    NARH 3XXX Representation and Disability
    PLAH 3002 The Art of the Document
    PLAH 3004 The Politics of Abstraction
    PLAH 4050 The Art Object Defined
    PLDS 3004 Evidence, Artifacts, Heirlooms
    PLFS 3013 Anthropology of African Dress
    PLVS 3002 Art, Visual Culture and Tourism
    PLDS 3004 Evidence, Artifacts, and Heirlooms of Otherness
    PLAH 4003 The Bauhaus - Vision and Reality
    PLVS 3699 Visual Culture and the Radical 60s
    6-8 credits
    Advanced Courses in Museum and Curatorial Practices NARH 3761 History of Collecting - Renaissance to the Present
    NANT 3633 Whose Heritage? - Contested Cultural Sites
    NARH 3485 Museum Education
    NMGT 3110 Arts Management
    NMGT 3115 Arts and Cultural Marketing
    NARH 3224 Performance in the Museum
    NARH 3857 Artists as Entrepreneurs
    LVIS 3250 Practicing Curating
    PLAH 4014 History and Theory of Exhibitions
    PLAH 4060 Politics of Display
    PLFS 3040 Fashion and Curation - Curatorial Practice in Contemporary Fashion
    PLAD 4068 Exhibiting Display
    PLAH 4060 Politics of Display
    PLCW 4011 Curating as Social Practice
    PLVS 4000 Art Interventions - City as Site
    PGHT 5000 Curating Design
    PGHT 5005 Curating in the Public Domain
    6-8 credits

    Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses taken for the minor.

    For questions regarding this minor's curriculum, including requests for course substitutions, please contact Professor Soyoung Yoon (Lang) at soyoung.yoon@newschool.edu, Professor Caroline Dionne (Parsons) at dionnec@newschool.edu, or Professor Val Vinokur (SPE) at vinokurv@newschool.edu.

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