Fiction and Reality in Modern and Contemporary Art & Design

Parsons School of Design: Art/Design Hist & Theory

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Fiction and Reality

Spring 2019

Taught By: Rory O'Dea

Section: A

CRN: 6875

Credits: 3

Art and design possess a potentially fictional quality to the extent that they can exist apart from everyday lived experience. Yet, throughout the history of the 20th and 21st centuries, artists and designers have increasingly blurred the boundary between fiction and reality, occupying what Robert Rauschenberg famously described as the gap between art and life. This class will explore the various ways that works of art and design have expanded and challenged their presumed relationship to reality, ranging from a documentary and utilitarian function to a purely aesthetic or imaginative creation. Using an interdisciplinary approach that encompasses visual art, design, film, and literature, this course will explore the myriad ways these mediums navigate the boundaries between fiction and reality, while also expanding the conceptual frame through which these terms are understood. 

Open to: All university graduate degree students; undergraduate seniors by permission of the School of Art & Design History & Theory.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art/Design Hist & Theory (PGHT)

Campus: Parsons Dec Arts Cooper Hewitt (PD)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

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: 3:45pm 5/24/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 3:50pm - 5:40pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/23/2019 - 5/8/2019