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Kolya. Rice
ART H 492
Seattle Campus

Alternative Art Forms Since 1960

Survey of "post-studio" art forms developed in the 1960s by artists who did not equate artmaking with painting, sculpture, or other traditional forms. Topics include: happenings, Fluxus, land projects, artists' video, artists, books, performance, site works, and art made for distribution on CD-ROM and on the web.

Class description

This course is a selective survey of post-studio/alternative/new media art forms developed primarily in the United States beginning around 1960 by artists who did not equate art making with the production of traditional gallery objects. The course will seek to identify persistent concerns, themes and strategies among various practitioners, as well as the stakes involved in their various practices. Because much of this work emphasizes “experiential� viewing and/or participation, together we will explore various exhibits and events in Seattle over the course of the quarter. Among the topics survey in this course: Happenings, Fluxus, performance art, body art, Earthworks/land art, site works, video art and installation art.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Illustrated lectures and discussion, field trips to local art events and exhibitions

Recommended preparation

Familiarity with modern/contemporary art is highly beneficial

Class assignments and grading

Midterm and Final exams, research paper and presentations


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 Kolya. Rice
Date: 02/13/2013