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The Blues Aesthetic: African-American Aesthetics, Modernism, and Contemporary Art

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

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
African-Am Aesth & Contemp Art
Fall 2024
Taught By: Bentley Brown
Section: A

CRN: 16187

Credits: 3

The Blues Aesthetic: African-American Aesthetics, Modernism, and Contemporary Art provides an interdisciplinary examination of the influence of Black aesthetics on the landscape of Modern and Contemporary Art. Understanding Black aesthetics as the cultural, ontological, and ideological production of the African diaspora as engendered by and in the wake of the transatlantic slave trade, this course demonstrates the central influence of Black aesthetics within Western and global cultural production since the late 19th century. Mapping from histories of Black music, performance, visual, and oral tradition this course situates the story of Modernism and Contemporary art within a history of Black cultural production foregrounding the participation of Black individuals, aesthetic practices, and reactions of individuals outside of the Black community to each. Together, this course aims the challenge traditional approaches to the narratives of Modernism and Contemporary art and culture so as to highlight the central influence of Black aesthetics and pioneering participation of Black creatives within these fields.

Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisite(s): 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: September 9, 2024 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2024 (Sunday)

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: 12:06pm EDT 5/27/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday
Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 8/27/2024 - 12/3/2024