Dada was irreverent, avant garde, and pure creative exploration. The movement encapsulates the work of counter-culture anarchists protesting the horrors of World War I and the old-world establishment. Beyond the raucous fun that they had, there are important lessons in the evolution of Modern Art that the visual artists of Dada left for us to explore.
The New School, originally established as a refuge for exiles and home to some of the twentieth century’s most innovative artists such as John Cage and Jasper Johns, has always embraced unorthodox approaches to learning, challenging convention to create positive change in the world. Continuing education being no exception, Parsons School of Design at The New School in NYC offers fall courses that investigate some of these ideas, such as:
Modern Art and Graphic Design History
Did you know that the Dadaist and Constructivist artists Tzara, Schwitters, and Lissitzky not only ventured into the world of graphic design, but also contributed innovations to the field that still astound and energize us today?!
Immerse yourself in the modern art movements that influenced contemporary graphic design including Art Nouveau, Dada, Bauhaus, Neue Grafik and Constructivism in the course Graphic Design History at Parsons.
Historic and Contemporary Mixed Media
While mixed media works have now become well-known, this has not always been the case. Dada made waves from its inception to its rebirth as Neo-Dada with these syntheses. This is seen most clearly in the one-two punch of the mixed media works of Hannah Hoch and Robert Rauschenberg; key innovators in the style.
Explore modern art making using a variety of materials in Parsons’ course on Mixed Media: Contemporary Fusion. In the course, you will study past masters and movements including Picasso, the Surrealists, and folk art who can then inspire your own creative expression.
Just words on a page? Not in the hands of the avant-gardes! In the beginning of the twentieth century, art making was explored in many mediums and artists thought of new ways to express more than ever before.
A thorough understanding of typographic concepts and methods is essential for effective visual communication. In the course Typography I students examine the evolution of the alphabet and the history and basics of typographic style (with an emphasis on twentieth-century type design and application), through interactive projects in a collaborative environment.
Discover these and other Continuing Education courses this Fall at Parsons School of Design as well as certificates in Graphic Design, Fine Arts and more. Interested? Come to our complimentary Parsons Fall Info Session on August 16th. Courses begin August 29th and are available online and in person.