Art and Walking

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Art and Walking

Fall 2018

Taught By: Valerie Mendelson

Section: A

CRN: 6987

Credits: 3

Immersing oneself in experience through walking has long been part of the art experience. This class explores both the theories and practice of art that involves walks, from pilgrimage to tourism to conceptual projects. The experience of viewing art is framed by way of the metaphor of walking, with the purposeful determined museum walk contrasted with the more casual stroll within a private collection and immersive experience that has been a focus of many recent conceptual projects. Examples include: the pilgrimage roads of Europe, India and Islam, the grand tour, the nineteenth century photographic surveys of the West and armchair tourism of China, Egypt and India, garden design, the experience of walking within art collections as well as the work of such major performance artists as Richard Long and Francis Alys. We discuss these artworks in conjunction with the more ruminative essays by Rebecca Solnit and W.G. Sebald. Coursework involves both designing a walk as well as researching one kind of walk that students are most interested in. Weekly response statements organize class discussion.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 22

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: 5:25am 12/18/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 713

Date Range: 8/27/2018 - 12/17/2018