Concepts in Contemporary Art|
In this interdisciplinary seminar and studio course, we explore key concepts in contemporary discourse across a range of forms, genres, and disciplines. How do works of art respond to and reframe central debates in the wider culture? In what ways do the theory and practice of art supplement or contradict each other? How does research function within the context of art historical study and contemporary artistic practice?
To contend with these questions, students develop a series of projects over the course of the term in response to specific conceptual prompts. These investigations may take the form of studio-based work or written scholarship depending on student interest and will culminate either in a final research paper (for those registering for Art History credit) or a final project in any medium (for those registering for Art Studio credit). Along the way, we study artworks, literary texts, works of social theory, art historical scholarship, films, popular culture, and other objects to ground our research. Parallel activities may include conversations with artists and art historians, methodological workshops, site-visits, trips to museums, and archival research.
Since the course's aim is to cultivate unexpected collaborations, cross-disciplinary encounters, and new ways of conjugating the history, theory, and practice of art, the final portion of the semester will focus on the organization of a collective exhibition, event series, symposium, publication, or other expanded curatorial endeavor. The course meets Fridays 12:30 pm-5:30 pm, with a break during that interval. Class time may on occasion include individual meetings and independent work.
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|Course Format: Studio||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ARHA-MN)(ARHA)(ARST)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
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Majors in Art History and Art Studio will be given priority for enrollment, but the class is open to students with substantial background in relevant or adjacent fields. Students wishing to enroll should have taken two courses in the Art and Art History Department, or two equivalent courses by approval of instructors. While students will have the flexibility in this course to choose the modality in which they wish to work - studio-based projects, written research, or a combination of the two - the class composition will be arranged in order to balance those interested primarily in studio art practices and those interested primarily in art historical writing.
Admittance to the course is by interview only. Interviews will be conducted on Saturday, Nov. 14 over Zoom. To schedule a time, please contact instructors and submit a POI request by Wednesday, Nov. 11, and you will receive a Zoom link and relevant information.
|Instructor(s): Grace,Claire Hulsey,John Times: .....F. 12:30PM-05:30PM; Location: ZLKA202; |
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 12
|Permission of instructor approval will be granted by the instructor during pre-registration through the Electronic Portfolio. Click "Add to My Courses" and "To request a POI electronically, click here" to submit your request.|
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