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Carolyn J. Bodle
B ART 191
Bothell Campus

Art and Public Spaces

Examines works from across the arts: painting, writing, film, architecture, theater, new media. Explores their relationship to public spaces such as museums, site-specific structures, galleries, and exhibitions, as well as the history of their public reception. Includes site visits. Offered: ASp.

Class description

This class is an introduction on the role of art in public space. Each week students will be reading, viewing, and discussing public art projects and throughout the quarter will engage in three site visits to see public art, responding through papers and images. Students will be challenged to frame responses to current discourse in public art and examine the intersections and contradictions of the role of the artist and public perception. Topics include art as intervention, art as interrogation, art as monument, site-specific art, and art as inquiry in the public space. We will also be working with community partners (SDOT, City of Seattle Office of Arts, 4Culture) to look at current and local public art case studies. Students will create their own public art proposal.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Carolyn J. Bodle
Date: 10/11/2013