Evidence, Artifacts, and Heirlooms of Otherness

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Evidence, Artifacts, Heirlooms

Fall 2019

Taught By: Anthony Whitfield

Section: A

CRN: 5580

Credits: 3

This course explores the ways in which objects and material culture embody personal narrative. Moving back and forth from ephemeral traces of events and experiences to the culturally invested luxury goods that create legacy to the objects that facilitate daily life, this class will use, as its primary references, examples that draw from queer and African American cultures to underscore the potential of objects to tell the stories that not only reflect majority traditions and experiences but those of the disenfranchised, the details of whose lives are often obscured. In addition to readings that will provide background for class discussion, student will be asked to play the roles of detectives, archeologists, and curators at various sites around New York City. Each student will also be asked to create an annotated material record that reveals the public and private lives of one individual. That record may consist of texts, objects or any variety of media chosen or designed by the student. Please note that this course will require field trips during class time and as assignment activities.

Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. 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: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (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: 4:10pm 12/15/2019 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 7:00pm - 9:40pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 705

Date Range: 8/29/2019 - 12/12/2019