Amy M Lambert
Foregrounds questions about visual arts: What are the purposes of the visual arts? What approaches might we use to understand them? How do they relate to the societies and cultures in which they are located? May focus on individual writers, movements, historical periods, genres or topics.
SUMMER 2008 SOCIAL AND POLITICAL ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY ART This is a hands-on studio art course examining how social and political issues can be expressed in art. Students will make art about socio-political issues that concern them. Socially and politically oriented art can profoundly challenge us, particularly when the subject matter is controversial. Through reading, writing and discussion we will explore a wide variety of art forms including photography, installation and performance. In particular we will look at some exciting new contemporary artists presented by the PBS Art21 series Jenny Holzer, An-My Le, Alfredo Jaar and Nancy Spero.
Student learning goals
Understand conceptual approaches to contemporary art practice
Understand the relationship between established canons of quality and subject matter in determining the value of art
Enhance visual literacy
Provoke critical thinking and problem solving through the study and appreciation of contemporary art
Develop language and writing skills to effectively communicate about contemporary art
Develop visual art skills to visually communicate using formal art concepts
General method of instruction
Course material will be presented through lectures, discussions and readings. Hands-on art instruction will also be provide for in-class assignments. Field trips to local galleries and/or museums may be required.
Prior coursework in visual art or art history can be useful but is not required. Recommend that you have an interest in contemporary art.
Class assignments and grading
Active engagement with course content via class discussion is essential. Art projects are expected to be created outside of class time.
Grades will be based on participation, three art projects, two review papers and one presentation.