ARTS 308
Contemporary methodologies in History and Practice Fall 2022
Division I
Cross-listed ARTH 307 / ARTS 308

Class Details

This course explores contemporary methodologies that traverse both collective research and artistic production, providing an overview of theoretical and practical frameworks in contemporary art through case studies, close reading, and interdisciplinary artistic projects. We will speculate on the role of the artist, the curator, and the critic as “host” in order to foreground how a care-centered and collective approach to knowledge production can run counter to existing power paradigms, such as patriarchy, colonialism, and capitalism. Building on existing exchanges between disciplines–from feminist thought, queer theory, disability studies, visual and media studies–this hybrid studio and critical theory course presents contemporary art as a field uniquely suited to imagine alternative structures of institutional support and mutual aid. Through engagement with critical and creative texts, as well as a series of making exercises, we will experiment with practices of care and resource-sharing through art production, and imagine how arts practitioners can take a critical position that counters prevailing logics of individualism and enclosure.
The Class: Format: seminar; Studio
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 1566
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Grade is evaluated based on class attendance and participation, completion of weekly readings and/or making exercises, and one final project that responds to course material and themes.
Prerequisites: At least one prior course in Art History or Studio Art, or permission of instructor.
Enrollment Preferences: History-and-Studio Majors get first priority, then regular Studio Majors and Art History Majors, then any interested student.
Materials/Lab Fee: Under $500. Students on financial aid may utilize the book grant to defray any materials costs.
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ARTH 307 Division I ARTS 308 Division I

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