ARTS 120
Introduction to Performance Art Spring 2020
Division I
Cross-listed ARTS 120 / THEA 120

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Historically, artists have turned to performance art during times of collective trauma to observe, analyze, and deconstruct established systems of power. This course will explore the legacy, theory, and practice of this radical and subversive genre. Equal parts studio and seminar students will engage in open dialogue based on assigned readings, screenings, and museum/gallery visits. Starting with the emergence of Dadaism during World War I, and exploration of works by artists that will include: Adrian Piper, David Hammons, Lynda Montano, Chris Burden, Clifford Owens, and Anna Mendieta, students will gain an understanding of the mechanisms of performance: The body as object, The Gaze (the dynamics of viewing/being viewed), active and inactive participants, and breaking the fourth wall. This class is open to all students that are willing to embrace the awkwardness of their humanity and the vulnerabilities of our collective bodies.
The Class: Type: combined studio/seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 3335
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: completion of 4 assigned projects, assigned readings, active class participation, creation of an independent final project, attend scheduled lectures, museum/gallery trips
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Art Studio majors, first-years, sophomores
Materials/Lab Fee: $100 lab fee charged to term bill
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ARTS 120 Division I THEA 120 Division I

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