ARTS 345
Art in Times of Crisis Spring 2021
Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
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In an era of ever-increasing emergency, what is the role of art? Can poems save us? What media and forms of exhibition are best suited to respond to urgent crises? What creative methodologies might we develop in collaboration with one another, in the interest of building community as well as making great art? This course is an interdisciplinary, experimental intervention into our present era. In addition to producing multiple original artworks, will do deep dives into 3 art activist case studies: Puerto Rico’s current societal collapse, the HIV + AIDS movement, and global climate justice. Readings and artists will include Octavia Butler, Adrienne Marie-Brown, Rebecca Solnit, Raquel Salas-Rivera, Yarimar Bonilla, David Wojnarowicz, Douglas Crimp, and many others.
The Class: Format: studio
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 5000
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: readings, screenings, attendance, participation, and committed completion of assignments
Prerequisites: any 200-level art studio class or submit a portfolio for consideration
Enrollment Preferences: majors and seniors
Materials/Lab Fee: $150
Distributions: Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
DPE Notes: This course examines crises which disproportionately impact communities of color and marginalized people. Race and class will be central areas of inquiry.

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