Visual Culture and the Radical 60s

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Vis Cult and the Radical 60's

Fall 2021

Taught By: Susan Sherman

Section: A

CRN: 1724

Credits: 3

By the late 1960s, the term "cultural revolution" had become commonly used in the United States by artists and writers who consciously defined themselves as agents of artistic and social change- artists who lived their art, pronouncing "ivory tower formalism" and architecture of the past, decreeing that issues of "art and politics” should be fought out in the classroom of the streets. In this class we will examine how the visual permeated every aspect of the revolutionary art of the Sixties from its early years with "underground" filmmakers like Ron Rice and Harry Smith, to the merging of dance and visual art at the Judson Church with Yvonne Rainer and Robert Morris, to the "9 evenings of Art and Engineering," the poets' theater, Fluxus, the birth of off-off Broadway theater, the happenings of Carolee Scheeman, poetry itself, and continuing into the political "underground" of the middle and late Sixties with its posters and 8mm documentaries, photojournalism, and alternative magazines and newspapers. Starting with the Civil Rights Movement and emerging arts movements of the '50s, we will explore this "renaissance" in its historical and social context, considering along the way the Beats, the Hippie, New Left, Anti-War and Student Movements, and the struggles for national liberation (third world, women's, gay) Pathway: Visual Studies

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 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

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: 11:59am 5/6/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 8/30/2021 - 12/13/2021