Outsider Art is Inside

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Outsider Art is Inside

Spring 2023

Taught By: Nancy Grove

Section: A

CRN: 2524

Credits: 3

When Hans Prinzhorn wrote about the similarities between the “expressive impulses” of mental patients and contemporary artists in 1922 he could not have anticipated critic Peter Schjeldahl’s response to the inclusion of Outsider art in the 2013 Carnegie International: “When, as now, sincerity seems schooled out of professional artists, the straight stuff of it in demotic work becomes a heart’s oasis…our emotional and spiritual uses for art matter beyond our pleasures in formal sophistication.” Fostered by psychiatrists and by modern artists from Kandinsky to Dubuffet, the appreciation of what has been called Outsider, Self-Taught, Visionary, or Vernacular art has changed not only what is considered art but also what is considered important, generative, and authentic art. This class will explore where, when, how, and why those changes happened, through readings, discussions, and case studies.

Open to: University undergraduate degree students, freshman and sophomores only. Pre-requisites: first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture.

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: 20

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 4:06pm 8/19/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: Parsons 2 W 13th

Room: 502

Date Range: 1/23/2023 - 5/15/2023