ARTS 129
Institutional Critique Spring 2019
Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed ARTS 129 / THEA 129
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This introductory course will investigate the performance potential of the radical art making methodology known as Institutional Critique. Influenced by Situationalism, and the Fluxus movement, Institutional Critique emerged as a way for artists to respond to the art worlds elitism, monopoly on culture, and dependency on Capitalism. Through collaborative performance based projects and readings students will explore the possibility of art to critically intervene in the hegemonic order and insight change within power relationships. We will also explore related movements such as Socially Engaged Practice, a term that describes art that is participatory and focuses as people as the medium. Artists covered will include: Thomas Hirshhorn, Tim Rollins, and Andrea Fraser. You do not need any prior experience just a willingness to use the power of voice and body.
The Class: Type: studio
Limit: 18
Expected: 10
Class#: 3990
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: 3 collaborative projects, final independent project, readings, active participation, museum gallery visits, quality of work
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: none
Materials/Lab Fee: lab fee of $125
Distributions: Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: DPE: Through a diverse selection of essays, visual art, and contact with prominent voices operating at the intersection of theory and practice students will examine how the concentration of power in the United States and Europe has contributed to inequities within educational, legislative and artistic institutions. Students will then transfer what they've learned to a research based visual practice that priorities social discourse.
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ARTS 129 Division I THEA 129 Division I

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