PGFA

5303

Advanced Practice

Parsons School of Design: Fine Arts

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Adv Prac: Planet Art

Fall 2019

Taught By: Jane Philbrick

Section: A

CRN: 4291

Credits: 3

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2018 Special Report is unequivocal: our window of opportunity for limiting extreme impacts of a warming planet will soon be lost. By 1961, there was sufficient consensus among scientists about the possibility of system-level climate interference to warrant mention in a federal memo to President John F. Kennedy. Four years later, President Lyndon B. Johnson highlighted the risk of long-term impacts of fossil fuel emissions in an address to a Joint Session of Congress. Administrations up to President Barack Obama have been aware of human-driven climate change; yet in 2018, even before consequences of the Trump administration’s 2020 withdrawal from the Paris global climate agreement take effect, carbon saturation of earth’s atmosphere hit a record high. Our takeaway from more than half a century of the highest offices of American government failing to meet the climate change challenge? A top-down approach doesn’t work. We have to move down the political food chain and scale solutions laterally, from the expansive bottom, rather than the narrow peak — and do so now. The 20th-century artist collective Société Anonyme offers a model, both visionary and practical, for a new millennium of ecological uncertainty and extremes of financial precarity and concentrations of wealth that rival pre-revolutionary France. The primary mission of Société Anonyme artists, including founders Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, and artist and collector Katherine Dreier, was education: teaching the American public about the art of their day — then European modernism. These artist-educators didn’t teach “about” art but were artists making art. Today’s science community — especially young scientists — have initiated a similar project, building scientific literacy at the community level with the global community bio lab movement. Their mission is to empower local people to more fully engage the scientific basis of social transformations already underway and anticipated from climate change impacts to innovations in synthetic biology and artificial intelligence. Astrophysicist and NPR commentator Adam Frank cautions that science can only take us so far — society has to “metabolize” issues in order to engage and fully participate. Art is cultural metabolism. The challenges of planetary ecology, financialization, scientific and technological innovation ask for system-level re-invention that some have called an “imagination revolution.” Artists at work in their communities are the revolution’s vanguard; the art of our day asks, “How do we sustain the growth machine of human civilization on a warming planet of finite resources?” "You, the Artist, and Our Planetary Future" is organized in two parts. Part I is a week by week overview of the discrete systems that output our built and natural world, from finance and ecology to regulatory frameworks, law, and policy. Seminars include readings, screenings, and presentations by public and private sector practitioners in community and real estate development. In Part II artists apply their new knowledge to a real world site, producing a viable visionary proposal for community engagement and site development, to be realized in 2D, 3D, and/or time-based media, with supporting narrative

Open to: Masters degree in Fine Arts Majors; others by permission via portfolio review to MFA Fine Arts Program Director douglass@newschool.edu

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Fine Arts (PGFA)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 15

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: 5:26am 6/25/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm

Building: Parsons East 25 E13th

Room: 502

Date Range: 8/29/2019 - 12/12/2019

Adv Practice: Spatial Practice

Spring 2019

Taught By: H. Lan Thao Lam

Section: A

CRN: 4898

Credits: 3

“… there is a fine line between an installation of art and installation art.” This course interrogates the distinction Claire Bishop makes in her critical history of installation art, and asks whether or not all art is to varying degrees installation art. We will approach installation as the means of completing a project, rather than as merely the presentation of a project. That is, we will consider installation as an art practice that involves the negotiation of spatial engagement, space as material, and space as a prompt for thinking and feeling. This hand-on practice-based class will use exercises to test out ideas, in which students will learn about problem-solving as an installation practice. By unpacking the elements of architecture, we will gain an understanding of the necessity of asking fundamental questions, such as, what is a wall, what is floor work, what is suspension, and how do they function in space to orient or disorient the viewer? Through regular presentation of work-in-progress, students will critique the ways in which installation realizes each project. We will examine historical precedents set by artists such as Michael Asher, Ann Hamilton, Marcel Duchamp, Yayoi Kusama, and Kara Walker. We will also draw on texts that contemplate space as metaphor, including Tanizaki’s In Praise of Shadows and Gonzales’ Subject to Display. Required. Safety Orientations for Wood and Metal shops. Prior basic knowledge and hands-on experience with hand tools.

Open to: Masters degree in Fine Arts Majors; others by permission of the MFA Fine Arts Director, Simone Douglas douglass@newschool.edu

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Fine Arts (PGFA)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 13

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: 5:27am 6/25/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 3:50pm - 6:30pm

Building: 66 5th Ave

Room: 709

Date Range: 1/22/2019 - 5/7/2019