Artists Design Exhibitions|
This course explores the history and theory of exhibition making as an artistic practice, focusing on major works since the 1960s as well as foundational projects of the early to mid-20th century. Our discussions will generate a working typology, tracking how artist-designed exhibitions have variously served as spaces of public debate and agitation, propaganda spectacles, didactic displays, and sites of aesthetic experimentation. Exhibition design's material supports have been just as disparate: room-scale interiors, multiform spatial sequences, distributed multiples, and outdoor installations on city streets. Across each of these divergent modes, exhibitions are distinguished by their shared potential to create what Walter Benjamin once described as "simultaneous collective reception." As Benjamin's phrase suggests, exhibitions constitute publics, and in this course special attention will be paid to the types of publics--and the types of subjects--that specific exhibition strategies presuppose.
A key concern will be to situate exhibition design relative to other artistic techniques, including installation art, institutional critique, and photomontage. What can the history of exhibition design show us about the new "curatorial condition" of everyday life, in which data specialists now curate information, an artisan cheese shop curates its merchandise, and anyone with a social media account curates a presentation of self? Artists central to this history, and to which this course attends, include: El Lissitzky, Marcel Duchamp, Charles and Ray Eames, the Rosario Group, the Independent Group, Hélio Oiticica, Marcel Broodthaers, Louise Lawler, Group Material, Fred Wilson, and Camille Henrot.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ARHA-MN)(ARHA)(ARST)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Readings will be assembled in a course pack (available electronically and in print), with texts by authors such as Agamben, Alberro, Barthes, Bayer, Benjamin, Demos, Duchamp, Filipovic, Fraser, Gough, Habermas, Joselit, and Steyerl.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Consistent contributions to class discussion, three 2-page reading responses, two 2-3 page papers, one 8-10 page research paper.
|Instructor(s): Grace,Claire Times: ..T.R.. 01:20PM-02:40PM; Location: BOGH115; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 24||SR major: 6||JR major: 6|| || |
|Seats Available: 2||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 3||SO: 4||FR: 2|