Russian Art: Icons to Avant-Garde

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Russian Art
Fall 2023
Taught By: Margaret Samu
Section: A

CRN: 14556

Credits: 3

"What is Russian about Russian art and design? From the rich metalwork and embroidery that surrounded early icons to lifelike painting and avant-garde abstraction, this course will explore the wide-range of art and design produced in Russia from ancient Rus’ through the early 20th century. Students will examine objects from the Kremlin Workshops that blend European Baroque with Islamic design. We will study the development of Western-style art training in the 18th and 19th centuries, and the reaction against it by artists seeking a distinctly Russian national style in design and architecture. We will study Russian responses to European modernism, and efforts to reclaim Russia’s Asian heritage in the early 20th century. Important themes of the course will be the cultural component of national identity, and the exchange of artistic ideas across cultures. This course will expand students’ views of global art and design, and will acquaint them with the cultural issues at stake in defining national identity.

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: September 11, 2023 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 2023 (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: 9:42pm EDT 3/24/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Thursday
Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 8/31/2023 - 12/14/2023