Outsider Art is Inside

Parsons School of Design: Sch. Art and Dsgn Hist and Th

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students (with Restrictions)
Outsider Art is Inside
Spring 2024
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: Sch. Art and Dsgn Hist and Th (ADHT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 20

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: No

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: 7:34am EST 2/28/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday
Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 601
Date Range: 1/22/2024 - 5/13/2024