Surveys critical ideas in contemporary art practice. Includes lectures by nationally recognized artists to introduce a wide range of artistic positions and practices. Engages students with the major issues informing contemporary art and new modes of practice.
Topics for Winter 2012 will cover current discussions in the field. These include relational aesthetics, the artist as worker, the de-skilling of art, social practices, art practice outside of the production of artworks and the role of contemporary art education. The class will combine weekly lectures by nationally recognized visiting artists with readings, discussions and screenings to introduce and develop the issues informing contemporary art and new models of practice.
Student learning goals
An understanding of current debates in contemporary art.
Introductions to the work of prominent early and mid-career artists.
Knowledge of issues that artist grapple with in their practices.
Ability to take positions within current debates.
General method of instruction
Artist lectures, readings, instructor presentations and class discussions.
A working knowledge of modern and contemporary art will be useful. Students should be comfortable reading and discussing art theory, philosophy, and literature. A willingness to grapple with difficult ideas is crucial.
Class assignments and grading
Take home midterm (20%) and final (40%) in essay format. Participation in class and online discussion groups (30%). An exhibition review (10%).
Percentages listed above. Grades are given based not on mastery of the material, but the quality of intellectual engagement with the topics.