visual arts

visual arts

New curriculum beginning fall 2016

Trisha Brown Dance Company’s performance of “Present Tense” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music this year, with Jamie Scott in the foreground
Photograph of dancers by Stephanie Berger

The Harlem Semester Engages Students With Harlem’s Rich History in New Ways

The class “Romare Bearden: Home is Harlem” was taught in partnership with the Studio Museum in Harlem.

Students in the class “Freestyle and Displacement in Contemporary Art Practices” explored their own subjectivities in ways that intersected with the concepts examined by the artists in the museum.

Nineteen students spent the spring semester exploring how James Baldwin’s work examined “the changing geography of Harlem around race, sexuality, gender, religion, and American power."

In 2017, Barnard will offer a class in partnership with the Apollo called “Black Women, Performance, and the Politics of Style.”

Students pored over personal diaries, typescript manuscripts, and photo albums from the poet, playwright, novelist, and black feminist Ntozake Shange ’70 as part of a course on digital storytelling.