Buddhism and Avant-Garde Art Forms

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Religion

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Buddhism and Avant-Garde Art

Spring 2019

Taught By: Christopher Kelley

Section: A

CRN: 7222

Credits: 4

This course explores the philosophical and practical connections between Buddhism and the avant-garde in America from the 1950s to the 1970s. Students will survey Buddhist literature that informed the avant-garde such as Dwight Goddard’s A Buddhist Bible, The Gospel of Buddha by Paul Carus, D.T. Suzuki's The Way of Zazen, Chögyam Trungpa's Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, Heinrich Harrer's Seven Years In Tibet and Robert Thurman's translation of The Holy Teaching of Vimalakīrti, and engage with the work of artists such as Laurie Anderson, David Bowie, John Cage, Allen Ginsberg, Philip Glass, Yoko Ono, Patti Smith and Anne Waldman. Guest lectures by local scholars and artists, as well as field trips to historic galleries and museums, will afford students the opportunity to interact with the people and places that they are studying. Students will develop their own Buddhist inspired avant-garde projects of artistic and academic expression.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Religion (LREL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Closed*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five 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: 10:25pm 6/15/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 617

Date Range: 1/22/2019 - 5/9/2019