Art and Collecting Culture

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Art and Collecting Culture

Spring 2018

Taught By: Alhena Katsof

Section: A

CRN: 3525

Credits: 4

This course investigates the historical and ideological formations of the museum from its beginnings in cabinets of curiosities and princely collections to the formation of national museums through to museums and galleries as modern institutions. Within this long history this course will focus on theoretical writings that examine the role of the museum in shaping our understanding of knowledge and culture, and exhibitions as places for creating historical or theoretical arguments with objects in space. Topics to be examined may include; the relationship of the museum to the department store and world’s fairs, the role of the museum in nationalism, the museum without walls, the museum’s ruins, artist’s interventions into the space of the museum, the artist as curator, institutional critique and its legacies, as well as feminist and post- colonial critiques of the museum. Through a series of related seminar readings, visits to museums and galleries, and guest lectures by professional artists and curators, this course will cover the historically shifting role of the museum, exhibitions and politics, and the museum in relation to artistic practices. Students will have the option of writing a historical research paper or preparing an exhibition proposal. This course will fulfill the History and Theory of Exhibitions requirement for Visual Studies students.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*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: 8:30pm 6/24/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 1:50pm - 3:30pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 263

Date Range: 1/23/2018 - 5/10/2018