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Art and Design as Storytelling

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Art and Design as Storytelling
Spring 2023
Taught By: Maya Samat
Section: A

CRN: 13583

Credits: 3

The writer Joan Didion famously said, 'we tell ourselves stories in order to live." In this course, we will explore her idea by reading artists' stories in their own words as we seek to view art and design as a means of storytelling. We will look to the words of Ai Weiwei, Marina Abromavic, Yayoi Kusama and other BIPOC artists and writers to examine how intersecting struggles of dislocation, censorship, trauma, gender, and race produce work and affect the artist as maker. As we examine art as a method of storytelling, students will begin to meaningfully revisit their own narratives. As a class we will consider: How can we communicate with culture past and present? How do we tell our own stories and others with care? Can we define the spirit of our cultural moment, the zeitgeist, and our role within it to identify, communicate, embody, or resist? The work you produce in our course will be both critical and creative. Through readings, discussions, and of course storytelling, we will strive to contextualize the act of making as a means for students' own self-reflection and practice.

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: Online - Synchronous

Max Enrollment: 18

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

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 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: 5:42pm EST 1/29/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Wednesday
Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm
Building: Online Course
Room: 999
Date Range: 1/25/2023 - 5/10/2023