Alternative Histories in the Collected Past

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Alternative Histories

Fall 2018

Taught By: Selena Kimball

Section: A

CRN: 6195

Credits: 3

What we have collected and preserved defines our present through evidence of a particular past. The past is a story, a narrative constructed through the process of bringing certain things to the foreground while discarding others. How do collections organize social, political and psychological experience? How can they be used to address contemporary concerns and current notions of identity, belonging, and place? In this critical studio course we will be looking for what has been overlooked, researching through scholarly and creative methods, and generating projects and texts in response to New York City-based collections, in particular those housed at the American Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We will be searching for and fleshing out alternate histories through research into, and creative reflection on, the collected past.

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)

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: 9:22am 2/18/2019