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Rebecca Cummins
ART 361
Seattle Campus

Critical Issues in Contemporary Art

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.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

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.


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 Rebecca Cummins
Date: 02/25/2010