LATS 358
Latinx Installation and Site-Specific Art Spring 2023
Division II Writing Skills
Cross-listed ARTH 358
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This course will explore the various forms of installation and site-specific artworks created by Latinx artists for both museums and public space. We will examine the ways in which Latinx artists have used space as a material in the production of artworks and how this impacts the works’ meanings and the viewer’s experience. Within the context of U.S. Latinx culture and history, we will connect notions of space with ideas about cultural citizenship, civil rights, and social justice. A variety of art forms will be studied, from traditional to experimental, including murals, sculpture, performance, video, and several multimedia, interactive, or participatory projects. While establishing a historical lineage and theoretical frameworks for analyzing this growing genre, we will pay particular attention to how these works engage urban space and often challenge the institutional assumptions of museums and curatorial practice. Likewise, we will examine the important debates associated with various public art and museum installation controversies.
The Class: Format: seminar; discussion
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 3670
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: two short papers, periodic research reports, final research paper, and presentation
Prerequisites: LATS 105 or ARTH 102 or permission of instructor; GRADART exempt from ARTH 102 prerequisite
Enrollment Preferences: Latina/o Studies concentrators and Art majors
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
LATS 358 Division II ARTH 358 Division I
WS Notes: There will be considerable focus on writing and peer-editing as a means of shaping critical thinking. We will treat writing as a process; revision is built into the syllabus. Students will receive from the instructor timely comments on their writing skills, with suggestions for improvement.
Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives
AMST Space and Place Electives
ARTH post-1800
LATS Core Electives

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