Synartesis

This seminar centers on the idea of "synartesis" – the act of fastening or knitting together to produce union even among disparate kinds of knowledge and materials. Drawing on what has often been pejoratively referred to as anachronistic or philosophical art history, this course will explore new potentials for understanding works of art outside the bounds of traditional linear narrative by experimenting with how inter-chronological and thematic comparisons of artworks might allow us to develop a more personal relationship to the past as it intersects with the constantly unfolding future.

2 credits

Course Code: HTA 296

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.