ARTS 338
Persona Spring 2020
Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed ARTS 338 / THEA 338

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Like novelists, visual artists create fictional characters to tell stories. Conceptual artist Adrian Piper, sculptor Joseph Beuys, and collective The Yes Men have crafted personas to confront systems of power and societally constructed notions of normalcy. Students will explore the work of such artists through readings, class lecture and assignments. The reading list includes excerpts from Maggie Nelson’s The art of Cruelty and Cherise Smith’s Enacting Others.The first half of the course will focus on guided assignments developed by the instructor, the second half will be an independent study culminating in the construction of your own fictional persona. Students will use a variety of methods in the development of a persona including writing and photography, and may employ other methods including painting, sculpture, and digital media.
The Class: Type: studio
Limit: 14
Expected: 12
Class#: 3348
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: completion of 3 assigned projects, independent project, participation, quality of work
Prerequisites: some experience with studio art courses, art history courses, performance experience or consent of the instructor
Enrollment Preferences: majors, seniors, juniors, sophomores
Materials/Lab Fee: $150 charged to term bill
Distributions: Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ARTS 338 Division I THEA 338 Division I
DPE Notes: Through a critical investigation of the closed systems of signification that relate to the body: race, class, gender, and sexual orientation students will employ interdisciplinary methods of making to consider how these signifiers dictate the bodies that become Othered, concepts of hyper-visibility/invisibility, inclusion/exclusion, authorship, and ideas of authenticity.

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