Advanced Practice:

Parsons School of Design: Fine Arts

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Adv Prac: Color Poethics

Fall 2022

Taught By: Sreshta Rit Premnath

Section: A

CRN: 4292

Credits: 3

This course will combine workshops, studio projects, and discussions to explore the multiple connotations of color. We will follow Joan Retallack's call to consider poetics and politics together through the term "poethics." We will use color not only as an emotional or aesthetic signifier, but also a means of philosophical and political inquiry. The aim of this course will be to better understand and control the use of color by grappling with a wide range of perceptual, formal and theoretical approaches. Short studio projects—including exercises in color interaction—will lead to more sustained independent projects. We will discuss Wittgenstein’s Remarks on Color alongside Josef Albers’ Interaction of Color to better understand how we see and how we categorize and understand what we see. We will explore specific uses of color to explore issues including race and nationality. Examples include a consideration of black and blue, as deployed by Kara Walker and David Hammons, alongside Frants Fanon's writing on racialization. Byron Kim's problematizing racial categories by painting skin tones in his seminal Synecdoche paintings. We will consider Gray as a color of immanence as explored in Hito Steyerl's video Adorno's Gray, and theorized by Trinh Minha in Between Dog and Wolf. And we will consider red as a conveyor of spiritual significance in the sculptures of Chiharu Shiota and political power in the work of Sheela Gowda, amongst many others.

Open to: Graduate and upper-level undergraduate Fine Arts students; others by permission. Some seats reserved for MFA Fine Arts Students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Fine Arts (PGFA)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 13

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 20, 2022 (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: 3:02pm 8/16/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm

Building: Parsons East 25 E13th

Room: 502

Date Range: 9/1/2022 - 12/15/2022