Curating in the Public Domain

Parsons School of Design: Art/Design Hist & Theory

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Curating in the Public Domain

Fall 2022

Taught By: Radhika Subramaniam

Section: A

CRN: 14669

Credits: 3

This seminar-cum-practicum rests on the cusp of people and place. It frames curatorial practice as a triangulation between the public, the site and the artist/s, examining the reciprocal historical, material and social relations among them. The central problematic of this course is the public domain as a zone of contestation, transformation, exchange and participation. Public implies more than a move outside the gallery or out-of-doors, and implies new forms of interaction between artists and audiences. The challenge of contemporary public curating is responding to the shifts in urban space and usage, to new technologies, and to new forms of social and interventionist artistic practice. In the course, we will deal with conceptions of the public; site-specificity and ethnographic research; interventions, activism, dialogue, participation and other modes of interaction; virtual and physical space; authorship and ethics, among others. Through this process of discussion and inquiry, course participants (in group) will create one or more curatorial platforms in the public domain. This will require the identification of a site with related research on its historical, socio-political, and environmental context; research into artists and other collaborators; researching the various stakeholders, property owners, permissions and parameters, as applicable; determining a commissioning or selection process; writing concept statements and invitations or projects briefs for artists; a budget and communication plan; and a public presentation for feedback. This is an intensive course with substantial expectations of work outside class time. There will be guest speakers, lectures, site visits, outside research and group meetings. Participants must be prepared to engage fully.

Open to: University graduate students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art/Design Hist & Theory (PGHT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 15

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: 8:14am EST 11/27/2022

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 1:55pm - 3:45pm

Building: Parsons 2 W 13th

Room: 1011

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