Display as Dialogue: A Critical Approach to Display Theories and Practices of NYC Museums

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Display as Dialogue

Spring 2020

Taught By: Megan Elevado

Section: A

CRN: 6857

Credits: 3

We are in the midst of a revolutionary phase for museums. Institutions are evaluating how they remain relevant and engaging as information is increasingly more accessible and attention spans are continuously diverted by relentless stimuli. At the same time, museum workers and the public are pressuring museums to become more ethical. The way museums are run, curated, and funded is being questioned. Through museum visits (both during class time and independently) and classroom discussions, students will gain a foundational understanding of the evolution of museums from kunstkammer to the present, analyze current practices and issues relating to NYC museums, and consider the future of museums. This course will engage students in questions including: What are the key elements that shape a visitor’s museum experience? What does it mean to decolonize the museum? Will museums become obsolete? Open to: University undergraduate degree students, freshmen 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)

Max Enrollment: 20

Add/Drop Deadline: February 3, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 12, 2020 (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: 1:15pm 4/5/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 601

Date Range: 1/24/2020 - 5/8/2020