Fall 2021 not offered
This course can be understood as an ephemeral, time-based art, typically centered on an action or artistic gesture that has a beginning and an end, carried out or created by an artist. It also contains the elements of space, time, and body. This hands-on course explores the history and aesthetics of performance art and how it relates to the performing arts (dance and theater). In a project-based format, students conduct performance assignments and conceptual research within the gaps that exist between performative art forms. The course focuses on analyzing and studying artists who used the concepts of chance, failure, or appropriation in their work.
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||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (DANC-MN)(THEA)
Required text book:
RoseLee Goldberg, PERFORMANCE ART: FROM FUTURISM TO THE PRESENT
Michael Huxley and Noel Witts, THE TWENTIETH-CENTURY PERFORMANCE READER, Second Edition
Anthony Howell, THE ANALYSIS OF PERFORMANCE ART
Allan Kaprow, ESSAYS ON THE BLURRING OF ART AND LIFE
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In this course, you will be asked to complete class assignments and written responses from the Class Reader articles.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Demonstrated capability of a finished creative work (installation, collage, script, poem, music, painting, dance choreography, play etc.).
The Theater Department organizes a variety of performances for students enrolled in its courses. Field trips to see performances off campus are integrated into course syllabi. Instructors will notify students of all dates at the beginning of the semester and costs for all course field trips are covered (specifically, transportation to and from the performance and tickets). Any potential scheduling conflicts for field trips should be discussed with faculty members. Once students indicate that they are going and tickets are purchased, it is assumed they will attend. (Students backing out of field trips they had said they would attend will be asked to cover the cost of their ticket.)Performances of visitors to Wesleyan's Center for the Arts are integrated into course syllabi and students are required to attend these performances unless otherwise negotiated with instructors. Tickets for performances are available to students at the Box Office in Usdan at the reduced price of $6.00.
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