Art in the Anthropocene: Earth, Ecologies, and Planetary Futures

Parsons School of Design: Art/Design Hist & Theory

Liberal Arts
Graduate Course
Degree Students
Art in the Anthropocene
Spring 2023
Taught By: Rory O'Dea
Section: A

CRN: 13812

Credits: 3

The contemporary concept of the Anthropocene envisions humanity as a geological force of nature that is uniquely responsible for and complicit in the radical transformations of the planet’s ecologies. In “Art in the Anthropocene,” we will investigate the ways that art and visual culture have profoundly shaped humans’ knowledge of and relationship to the nonhuman world. Integrating practice, history, and theory, this course brings together a multitude of disciplinary perspectives including art history, deep ecology, eco-feminism, Marxist ecology, indigenous knowledge systems, and new materialist theory to critically examine and creatively reimagine the possibilities for being human and more than human in the world. Focusing on the historical genre of landscape painting, land art of the 1960s and 1970s, and contemporary eco-art, this course examines the ways that art’s shifting representations of and direct engagements with earth have often reenforced and reproduced the anthropocentrism that forms the ideological origins of the current climate crisis. At the same time, the course will fundamentally challenge the concept of the Anthropocene, and address the ways its universalizing vision of humanity fails to address the deeply unequal historical origins and contemporary impacts of climate change from the perspectives of race, class, and gender. Ultimately, we will look to the pioneering work of twenty-first century artists for new possibilities for radically transforming the relationships between the human and non-human world and creating a sustainable future for Earth’s diverse eco-systems.

Open to all university graduate degree 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: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (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: 3:56pm EDT 9/30/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Thursday
Times: 1:55pm - 3:45pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 1200B
Date Range: 1/26/2023 - 5/11/2023