Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Spring 2024
Taught By: Michael Roberson
Section: A

CRN: 11071

Credits: 4

Vogue'ology looks at the dance form of Vogue in relation to its rich and complex social context, namely the House and Ballroom Scene and the broad history of struggles against oppression undertaken by racial, sexual and gender minorities and the poor. Many people want to learn to Vogue. As we go about doing so, however, we ask: What is one actually learning when one learns to Vogue? What is the relationship between the body of the performer, the body of the teacher and the body of the community? How do we embody history? What kind of knowledge is transmitted in this teaching and learning and what are the consequences of the different ways in which Voguing is taught? We will look at the roots of Vogue in performance forms dating from the slave era and the social shifts that occurred during the Harlem Renaissance. We also will examine the relationship between a dance practice and the social world. This includes a concern not only with race and gender but also with class and aesthetic, political and religious ideologies. Among the authors we will read are W.E.B. Du Bois, Kelly Brown Douglas, Eboni Marshall-Turman,Tricia Rose, Marlon Bailey, and examine both Jenny Livingston's 1990 documentary "Paris is Burning" and recent television shows such as FX's "Pose", HBO's "Legendary" and Vice's "My House". This course can satisfy an Arts program LINA (Interdisciplinary Arts) requirement, a Contemporary Dance elective requirement, or towards the Gender Studies minor.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (ART)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Waitlist*

* 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: 12:30pm EST 12/3/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm
Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th
Room: 262
Date Range: 1/23/2024 - 5/9/2024