Curating Public Narrative

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Curating Public Narrative

Fall 2018

Taught By: Anthony Whitfield

Section: A

CRN: 7308

Credits: 3

This course will investigate the ways in which artists have presented narratives in the public realm and the organizations that have made the presentation of those works central to their curatorial practices over since the last 40 years. Focusing on works presented in New York’s public spaces by Creative Time, The Public Art Fund, the borough Arts Councils, the Percent for Art Program, Arts for Transit and other non-profits organizations that came into being in tandem with the “alternative space” movement of the mid 1970’s, this course will look at what it meant to tell stories and open discourses that challenged or interrogated widely-held value systems, the events and the politics of their time. In addition to the specifics of key works and projects, we will discuss the conditions that governed the development of public performance, temporary and permanent installations, the ways in which those works were influenced by public approval processes and governmental agencies, media coverage and community response. Each student’s final project will be an on-line exhibition that conveys a “narrative “ on this topic as it developed over the period covered by this course.

Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisite(s): first-year university writing course and at least two prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture. One of these courses should be 3000-level.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art and Design History (PLAD)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 20

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment 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: 2:20am 1/21/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 3:50pm - 6:30pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 600

Date Range: 8/28/2018 - 12/11/2018