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.
Lead by Erik Fredericksen, curator at Western Bridge, topics for Art 361 Spring 2010 will include relational aesthetics, the influence of sub-cultural forms and practices in art, the “deskilling” of art, social practices, art practice outside of the production of art works and the role of contemporary art education. This new 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
General method of instruction
Lectures by visiting artists, readings (essays by artists, writings on contemporary art and critical theory), discussion, screenings and lectures by Eric Fredericksen. Friday discussion sections will further engage students with the issues informing contemporary art and new models of practice.
This course is aimed at upper level undergraduates and graduate students.
Class assignments and grading
Weekly reading and writing assignments.
Grading will be based on: writing assignments, participation in class and discussion groups.