Courses of Study 2013-2014 
    Apr 01, 2023  
Courses of Study 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ART 6001 - Contemporary Art as in Intellectual Field and Rethinking Form and Medium

Fall. 3 credits. Letter grades only.

Enrollment limited to: M.F.A. students in Art.


This seminar investigates the genealogy of the term “contemporary”, addressing the material, institutional and aesthetic conditions in which art is situated. Topics may include art education; site and context specificity; nomadism; and diverse understandings of art as an autonomous entity and in relation to society and the self. The course also addresses art forms and mediums in dialogue with one another as they have unfolded historically. From installation, performance, video and conceptual practices of the 60’s and 70’s which explored the physical and ontological limits of art, to the “Pictures” and Post-Conceptual generation that problematized art institutions and cultural, political and economic realms, to present day project based and relational aesthetic practices that employ dialogue as a medium. Readings include key texts from critical and aesthetic theory.

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