Buddhism and Avant-Garde Art Forms

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Religion

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Buddhism and Avant-Garde Art
Spring 2023
Taught By: Christopher Kelley
Section: A

CRN: 13398

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)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 24

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

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: 4:52pm EST 2/6/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 10:00am - 11:40am
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 602
Date Range: 1/24/2023 - 5/11/2023