Curatorial Praxis

Parsons School of Design: Art/Design Hist & Theory

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Curatorial Praxis

Spring 2022

Taught By: Ulrich Lehmann

Section: A

CRN: 9645

Credits: 3

In this course students look at the way in which curators work with objects and ideas, to create spaces (virtual and concrete), as well as display techniques and public programmes. The historical and contemporary practice of curating is analysed in relation to social and political Praxis, education, and the significance of design therein. When contemporary design and art come together within economic and social structures, challenges arise not only for makers and thinkers but equally for those who curate products and spaces. When functional and aesthetic ideas are combined, when conceptual and practical approaches are mixed, their communication and exhibits demand critical positioning – internally, to understand histories and hegemonies, and externally, to engage audiences. Two main themes run through this course: 1) For curating not to deteriorate into a vague term for a process of selection/edit that merely hews creativity to existing economic and ideological power structures, the activity needs to define its relationship to practice. We ask therefore: what is the function of curating vis-à-vis the production of commodities in our culture industry, especially in the field of design? 2) Cultural institutions with a public mission are dedicated increasingly to education that adds to and amends teaching at schools and colleges. They immerse learners into non-traditional spaces of instruction that can highlight equity, inclusivity and social justice. The course progresses along a series of presentations, including guest speakers from museums, collections, archives and retail spaces, debating their practical roles and conceptual ideas with students in seminars and, if health and safety permits, during site visits.

Open to: All university graduate students.

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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 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 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: 8:50pm 9/28/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 913

Date Range: 1/25/2022 - 5/10/2022