ARTH 311 Fall 2014 Experimental and Experiential Approaches to Curating American Vernacular Art at WCMA

Cross Listed as ARTH553
Working directly with a collection temporarily on loan to the Williams College Museum of Art, this course examines problems posed by paintings and decorative arts created by artists, artisans, and amateurs in the rural American Northeast from 1700 to 1840 -works labeled "folk" or "vernacular" art. It interrogates the ways in which this material fits (or doesn't) into existing art historical and institutional narratives of American art, and experiments with modes of display and interpretation using methods from material culture studies, thing theory, connoisseurship, social and physical sciences, philosophy, and economics. Students will apply their research to the development and implementation of exhibition strategies that integrate objects into installations at WCMA.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: oral presentations, collaborative exhibition proposal project, object-based research paper
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
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Prerequisites: one ARTH course
Enrollment Preference: 6 graduate students (in addition to limit of 6 undergrads); graduate students will only be admitted with the instructor's permission
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
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Enrollment Limit: 12
Expected Enrollment: 12
Class Number: 1071
ARTH 311 - 01 (F) SEM A Place for Stuff and Things Division 1: Languages and the Arts Kevin M. Murphy
R 1:10 PM-3:50 PM WCMA Rose Gallery 1071
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