PGFA
5305

Advanced Practice: Concept

Parsons School of Design: Fine Arts

Non-Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Graduate Course
Degree Students (with Restrictions)
Adv Practice: New Textiles
Spring 2023
Taught By: Natalia Nakazawa
Section: A

CRN: 13486

Credits: 3

In this course we will examine the expanded field of textiles through contemporary artists, exhibitions, collectives, and art movements. Artists are currently using this powerful material to address historically maligned issues around care, relationships, site-specificity, ecology and labor practices in regards to materials, and to talk about ancestry, community, and intergenerational space. This class provides opportunities to understand contemporary arts practices, develop archives of supporting materials, experiment with different mediums and ideas, and give feedback to each other on developing bodies of work. Using contemporary artists as the jump off point for many of our inquiries - we will experiment with many types of concept-driven making including both analog and digital mediums. Students will write, reflect, and respond to the content of the class through weekly zines to document their experiences, and use these reflections to produce a culminating final project. Our conversations will be framed by the work of artists such as Faith Ringgold, Billie Zangewa, Christopher Myers, Bisa Butler, Guadalupe Maravilla, Diedrick Brackens, Lina Puerta, Duane Linklater, Andrea Zittel, Sandford Biggers, Saya Woolfalk, and look at exhibitions like “The New Bend” curated by Legacy Russell, and “With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972-1985” organized by Anna Katz, Curator, with Rebecca Lowery, Assistant Curator, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Open to: All University graduate and upper level undergraduate students. Some seats reserved for MFA Fine Arts.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Fine Arts (PGFA)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 12

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 5:36pm EST 1/29/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Thursday
Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm
Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave
Room: 300
Date Range: 1/26/2023 - 5/11/2023
Adv. Prac: Non/Human Ecologies
Fall 2022
Taught By: Catherine Telford Keogh
Section: A

CRN: 14565

Credits: 3

This course explores interdisciplinary practices that prob the human-nonhuman boundary in the context of current socio-ecological conditions. Students will critically and speculatively engage with science and scientific methodologies as creative sources that complicate distinctions between nature, identity, and culture. Collaborative dialogue and class visits will be held with scientists, technoscience scholars, and artists to bolster studio practices. The course introduces a variety of topics including the ethics of working with live subjects, constructions of nature, transformations of waste and the Anthropocene. We will look at how artists (eg. Doreen Garner, Jes Fan, Anicka Yi, Black Quantum Futurism, Lu Yang, Kevin Beasley, Critical Art Ensemble, Teresa Margolles, Mel Chin, Dora Budor, Nina Canell, Queer Ecology and Wangechi Mutu etc.) use science and science fiction to re-imagine racial, sexual, gendered, and colonial organizations of life. Individual and collaborative studio practice and research will be complemented by immersive field trips to local sites that include salt marshes, urban farms, and landfills to perceive and feel at different scales from the microscopic to the planet at large. Reading across the natural sciences and science fiction from feminist, queer and decolonial perspectives (including texts by Karen Barad, Myra Hird, Astrida Neimanis, Kim TallBear Vanessa Agard Jones, Ursula K Le Guin, Zakiyyah Iman Jackson, and Kathryn Yusoff among others) will inform discussions, experiments, field trips, and studio practices. Through independent work and prompt driven projects students will question and re-configure the enmeshed relationship of human and nonhuman life.

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: 14

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

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

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: 5:36pm EST 1/29/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Friday
Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm
Building: Parsons East 25 E13th
Room: 502
Date Range: 9/2/2022 - 12/16/2022