Just Art: Current Trends in Contemporary Culture Regarding Art and Social Justice

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Just Art: Art & Social Justice

Fall 2018

Taught By: Carin Kuoni

Section: A

CRN: 6956

Credits: 3

The claim that art enhances the quality of life dates back to the first civic commissions in Renaissance Italy and extends to our century in examples such as public art for disenfranchised communities in New York’s South Bronx. Likewise, we have seen the arts put into the service of politics, with such historic examples as Russian Constructivism or the Mexican muralist movement. New to the current moment, however, is an agreement – if not necessarily a commonly-held understanding – that aesthetic practices contribute something unique and distinct to the social and political wellbeing of society, and that the arts on their own terms advance social and political justice. This class offers a rigorous examination of notions of justice as they relate to art and art practices. We examine key terms such as Access, Happiness, Rights, Commons, Place-making, Participation and then look in-depth at current international art projects that advance social justice, and the social, political and cultural context from which they arise. How do we experience successful examples of politically engaged art, and how can we discuss it effectively? What scales and time frames need to be considered? And ultimately, what is the relationship between aesthetics, usefulness, and social cohesion? In content and structure, the course intersects with the international biennial Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics, directed by the Vera List Center at The New School, and students will have the opportunity to evaluate in their own work finalists for the prize.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 20

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: 10:50am 1/18/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 10:00am - 11:50am

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 518

Date Range: 8/31/2018 - 12/14/2018