Sexual/Racial Ecologies in Art

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Sexual/Racial Ecologies in Art
Fall 2022
Taught By: Amalle Dublon and Isaiah Madison
Section: A

CRN: 14052

Credits: 4

This course considers sexual and racial ecologies in contemporary art, performance, and critical thought: the garden, the park, the outdoors, and the notion of the wild, as imagined by artists and writers. How have contemporary artists, performers, and theorists concerned with race, sexuality, and gender approached the pastoral as a genre? How have they taken up the sites of the plantation, the field, the beach, and the ocean, as well as the idea of the earth? Within theories of gender, race, and sexuality, “nature” has often been synonymous with a bogus, essentializing overdetermination, as in the idea of “natural law.” At other moments, nature has been taken as a lush theoretical resource, a site of curiosity and textured abundance. In 2007, when Elizabeth Grosz offered that “the future of feminist theory” was to be found in spiders, there was some protest; now such a suggestion no longer seems controversial. We will examine how and why artists and theorists have approached nature sometimes as normative law, and at other times, as a zone of unpredictable potentiality, rich and wild. We will pay special attention to the shifting image of ecology within trans studies, which has been a key critic of ideas of nature and biology, but has also revitalized and reimagined those terms. Topics under consideration include land art; indigeneity and decolonization in art and performance; soundscapes and the politics of field recording; questions of spatiality and access; and ideas of “public sex” and outdoor cruising. Students will complete a series of writing and research projects over the course of the semester.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 5:04am EST 1/28/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday, Wednesday
Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 410
Date Range: 8/29/2022 - 12/12/2022