Race and Material Culture

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Graduate Course
Degree Students
Race and Material Culture
Spring 2023
Taught By: Nicholas Fiori
Section: A

CRN: 14013

Credits: 3

In this course, we will excavate how racial difference and identity is constructed, negotiated, relayed, and contested by the design, use, and (de)valuation of things in the context of Euro-North American society from the nineteenth century to the present. The class will collectively visit museums and public spaces, view films, study objects, and discuss texts. Students will be introduced to both canonical and cutting-edge scholarship from Black, indigenous, latin(x) studies and more; they will leave with the observational and intellectual tools needed to interrogate material practices with a racial lens. Individual classes will dig into curatorial practices, blackness in fine art, branding and popular culture, the entanglement of leisure and luxury with empire, and how robots and AI relay anti-blackness, and more. Students will curate a show, give an object lesson, design a zine or other object, and devise other creative ways to engage with race and material culture.

Open to all university graduate degree students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art and Design History (PLAD)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 13

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: 4:42pm EDT 5/31/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Wednesday
Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm
Building: Parsons 2 W 13th
Room: 1100
Date Range: 1/25/2023 - 5/10/2023
Days: TBD
Times: TBD
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 5/11/2023 - 5/17/2023