Parsons School of Design: Art, Media & Technology

Non-Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
xStudio: Anti-Monumental
Spring 2023
Taught By: Jonah Groeneboer
Section: A

CRN: 2074

Credits: 3

This class explores sculpture’s capacities as anti-monumental, ephemeral, and performance-based using non-traditional materials and structural methods. These investigations are framed within the broader context of the role traditional sculpture has played in marking political and social power in the public sphere, as well as recent calls for monument removal. We visit sites around the city where sculptures have been removed, counter-narratives installed, and where hidden histories are embedded in seemingly innocuous works. Within this context, we use modes of construction such as tension, gravity, balance, time, and contingency. These forces are examined by creating artworks with non-traditional and ephemeral materials (rope, magnets, fog, and ice). We will create artworks that undergo change over time: degrading or solidifying. With these techniques, we delve into sculpture’s expanded possibilities. Related artists and writers include: Senga Nengudi, Gego, Ruth Asawa, Felix Gonzales-Torres, Eric N. Mack, Kellie Jones, Karen Barad, David Getsy, and Julietta Singh.

Open to: All University undergraduate students. Some seats have been reserved for BFA Fine Arts students and Integrated Design Students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art, Media & Technology (PSAM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 12:30am EDT 3/30/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Thursday
Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm
Building: Parsons 2 W 13th
Room: 1006
Date Range: 1/26/2023 - 5/11/2023