Alejandra Salinas Tolosa
Explores how art is made in specified areas of inquiry, genre, or media. Arts may include visual, written, or performance arts, or a combination of these.
Site specific and public art expand across different sites and media (sculpture, painting, installation, performance, publication etc). Public art encompasses art that is not meant to be exhibited in art galleries or museums: art that expands beyond these institution's walls.
How can art engage with every day environments and a public who may not usually go to exhibition spaces? How does the art work affect the public sphere? How do these art works affect our society and our communities?
In this course we will also discuss issues of site-specificity. How is each artwork changed by its site and location? How does the artwork change place and its inhabitants?
The course will consist of lectures, readings, art production and critiques. We will produce site specific works, public art proposals and produce art that reaches a wider public such as publications, zines, posters and postcards.
Student learning goals
Have an understanding of contemporary art as an expanded field.
Have an understanding of relevant site specific art issues.
Have the ability to produce art works and engage in critical discussion.
General method of instruction
Art works, written texts and reading assignments.
Class assignments and grading
Contribution to class work and dialogue. Engagement with the material. On time completion of assignments. Ambitious and committed project development.