Downtown to Bushwick: Artists Spaces

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Downtown to Bushwick
Spring 2023
Taught By: Melissa Rachleff
Section: A

CRN: 3372

Credits: 3

Course explores how Downtown Manhattan, then Brooklyn, became synonymous with art and art-related music and performance by investigating twenty artist-run spaces that pioneered multi-disciplinary art from the 1950s to today. Course supplements the standard art histories by highlighting contributions by women, BIPOC artists and reflects New York’s social history. Independent field work in related spaces along with rarely seen films, video and documentation are incorporated each week. Students will be introduced to archival research methods and oral histories, two important factors in constructing a more expansive perspective. Students must attend each session, complete the weekly reflective responses, and visual posts that extend the concepts explored each week. In addition, one short essay and a final, team-based research project that incorporates primary sources is assigned.

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: Art and Design History (PLAD)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 20

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

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: 7:12am EDT 4/1/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Thursday
Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm
Building: Parsons 2 W 13th
Room: 603
Date Range: 1/26/2023 - 5/11/2023