Curatorial Praxis

Parsons School of Design: Art/Design Hist & Theory

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Curatorial Praxis

Fall 2019

Taught By: Ulrich Lehmann

Section: A

CRN: 7654

Credits: 3

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. 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. What is the function of curating vis-à-vis the production of commodities in our culture industry? In this course students look at the way in which curators work with objects and ideas from design and art, to create spaces (virtual and concrete) as well as display techniques. The historical and contemporary practice of curating is analysed in relation to social and political Praxis. The course progresses along a series of guest speakers from museums, collections, archives and retail spaces, who debate their practical roles and conceptual ideas with students in seminars and during site visits.

Open to: All university graduate students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art/Design Hist & Theory (PGHT)

Campus: Parsons Dec Arts Cooper Hewitt (PD)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

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: 1:27pm 2/16/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 3:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 8/27/2019 - 12/10/2019