Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students


Fall 2019

Taught By: Faculty TBA

Section: A

CRN: 7165

Credits: 3

From the punks' safety-pins to Drake's "ugly" sweater, clothing and appearance have played and continue to play an important role in popular music cultures. This course offers students a toolbox of concepts from the field of cultural studies through which they can analyze these visual aspects of pop. The course is divided into three sections. Using punk, hip-hop and drag as case studies, in the first section we explore how pop is produced through a dialectics of "resistance" and "incorporation". In the second section, through the analysis of music videos and live performances, we consider how identities are visualized, performed and contested within pop. In the third section we examine the various people who create pop: pop stars, themselves; journalists and critics, who write about them; stylists, hair stylists, make-up artists and fashion designers, who fashion pop stars' looks; and, of course, fans, who adore them. Students are expected to write two short essays and produce a final creative (and critical) project.

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:

Enrollment Status: Closed*

*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: 5:20am 5/25/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 8/30/2019 - 12/13/2019