Clothes that Hang on Art: Survey of Artists Who Use Clothes to Make Art and Related Workshops Winter 2024

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This course will look at a group of artists who use clothing as their medium for creating works of art whether it be as raw material, subject, or object. We will consider works from WCMA’s collection including Judith Shea’s “Panties”, Yinka Shonibare’s “Dreamscape”, Papo Colo’s “Working-Class America”, and Fabrice Monteiro’s “The Prophecy, Untitled #1”. Students will also be introduced to artworks not in the collection, featuring artists such as Louise Bourgeois, David Hammons, Steven Frost and Shinique Smith. We will discuss themes, techniques, processes, origin stories and the presence or absence of the body. Related workshops will give students the opportunity to explore making art with found garments. Prompts will be given to encourage the mining of personal stories to foster self-expression and discovery. Playfulness, experimentation, collaboration and introspection will be the core values of the class.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 15
Expected: NA
Class#: 1055
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: Presentation(s); Creative project(s)
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: Preference given to students who do not have a background in art and art making.
Unit Notes: Anne Kennedy is the Event and Program Coordinator at the Williams College Museum of Art. Terese Wadden is a New York based artist and costume designer, who has designed the costumes for the Tony Award Winning production of Oklahoma! on Broadway.
Materials/Lab Fee: $200. Lab and materials fees for all studio art classes are covered by the Book Grant for all Williams financial aid recipients.
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses
SLFX Winter Study Self-Expression

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