Curating Public Memory

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Majors Only

Curating Public Memory

Spring 2021

Taught By: Julia Foulkes and Radhika Subramaniam

Section: A

CRN: 8509

Credits: 3

Museums and memorials have long functioned as markers of a society’s past, most often as sites of celebration and honor. But just as efforts to decolonize the museum are calling for an end to imperial traditions that obscure the exploitation of people, objects, and resources, so too are tragedies, genocide, and ongoing trauma re-shaping curatorial agendas. The field of “public memory” has arisen to explain and activate the space between formal histories and individual memories--often with the goal of using memorials to re-shape the presence of the past to focus on restorative justice through collective memories and actions. Alongside have been anti-monumental and counter-memorial practices by artists that have resisted the ideological imperatives of the state often embedded in monuments. We will work through issues that have roused considerable debate in recent years, such as slavery, mass incarceration, immigration, inequality, and climate devastation. The class will work directly with organizations engaged in these issues.

Open to: All university graduate degree students; upper level undergraduates with permission.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art and Design History (PLAD)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Max Enrollment: 20

Add/Drop Deadline: February 8, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* 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: 12:56am 7/1/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/20/2021 - 5/5/2021