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Spring 2014-2015
* ART 388 / SOC 388 / AMS 388 / ARC 388 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Photo, Urbanism and Civic Change between 1960-1980

Katherine A. Bussard
Aaron P. Shkuda

In conjunction with the concurrent exhibition The City Lost and Found, this course focuses on an extraordinary period of visual responses to the changing fabric of America's three largest cities: New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. We explore their seismic transformations, from political protests to urban renewal projects. Students assess original artworks, films, texts, photographs, and a variety of print media (all on view in the Princeton University Art Museum) and analyze readings from disciplines as diverse as cultural geography, urban planning, urban theory, and art history.

Sample reading list:
Jacobs, Jane, The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Abu-Lughod, Janet L., New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles: America's Global Cities
Hunt, D. Bradford, Blueprint for Disaster: Unraveling of Chicago Public Housing
Banham, Rayner, Los Angeles:The Architecture of Four Ecologies
Caro, Robert, The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
Bussard, Katherine, Alison Fisher, and Greg Foster-Rice, The City Lost and Found

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students will be expected to prepare for and participate in class. This involves completing all readings and watching all films before the date listed on the syllabus and being an active reader (taking notes, underlining key passages, noting questions for class, looking up any unknown names or concepts). Each week's seminar will typically involve approximately 50 pages of reading.

Papers - 45%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%
Other (See Instructor) - 25%

Other Requirements:
United States Travel Required

Other information:
Students will be expected to write a series of papers related to course topics, including: short papers analyzing a work of art on view in the exhibition at the Museum and a proposal for a walking tour in New York City. The final assignment will be an on-site walking tour of a site or sites in New York City for which a written version will be submitted.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42991 C01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm T Th   McCormick Hall   106   Enrolled:19 Limit:45