Art in a Mediated Landscape: Contemporary Issues of Art and the Environment|
|Certificates: Environmental Studies|
This course is an interdisciplinary course that focuses on contemporary issues of art and the environment. Lectures, readings, and research will provide an overview of the history of cultures and artists working with the land as a medium, as well as contemporary artists that address human impacts of the environment.
Students will conduct research of ancient sites from Europe, South America, and North America and compare these sites with the Land Art movement of the 1960's and 70's. From this research students will develop a research paper and collaborative land art projects that engage the campus landscape and community. The second section of the course will examine contemporary artists whose work reflects notions of the Anthropocene. In response, students will create studio projects that seek to develop new ways of looking at the landscape using interdisciplinary approaches to art making. The course will cumulate with a portfolio of artworks organized in a hand made book project and a student led tour of a researched landscape that engages current environmental issues.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Essays from the following books:
Taylor, C. & Gilbert, B., LAND ART OF THE AMERICAN WEST ( University of Texas Press) 2009, ISBN: 978-0-292-71672-8
Smithson, R., ROBERT SMITHSON: THE COLLECTED WRITINGS (University of California Press) reprint 1996, ISBN: 978-0520203853
Weintraub, L., TO LIFE, ECO ART IN PURSUIT OF A SUSTAINABLE PLANET (University of California Press) ISBN 978-0-520-27362-7
|Examinations and Assignments: |
One research paper and presentation.
A collaborative Land Art installation and presentation.
Five critical review essays.
Artist book final project and presentation/ student led site tour.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students will be responsible for purchasing course supplies for the required art projects.
|Instructor(s): Smolinski,Joseph Todd Times: ..T.R.. 10:30AM-11:50AM; Location: ZLKA106; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 12||SR major: 4||JR major: 4|| || |
|Seats Available: 2||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 2||SO: 0||FR: 0|
|Drop/Add Enrollment Requests|
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