Collaboration in Contemporary Queer Performance Winter 2022

Cross-listed ARTH 12 / WGSS 12

Class Details

This course will explore a select archive of contemporary queer performance work, focusing on artistic strategies of collectivity and collaboration. We will consider how artists collide subcultural, improvisational, and temporary modes of community formation, focusing specifically on contemporary queer aesthetic strategies within a lineage of cultural production that is informed by LGBTQ grassroots activism and care-based organizing projects. The class will meet 2 days per week, with 3 hour sessions per class. In-class discussions will focus on artistic works, as well as adjacent curatorial, literary, and place-making experiments. Outside-of-class assignments will include short readings of artists’ essays and critical theory; viewing performance documentation; and writing creative reflections on one’s own practice and process. The goal of the class is to invite students to rethink their own making, curating, and writing practices in ways that acknowledge, include, and are shaped by working with others. Shoghig Halajian is a curator and art historian who serves on the Board of Directors at Human Resources LA, and previously was Assistant Director at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. She is co-founder and co-editor of the online journal Georgia, which was awarded a Creative Capital I Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Art History, Theory and Criticism with a Critical Gender Studies Emphasis at the University of California San Diego.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 12
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly writing assignments
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: juniors and seniors will have priority, as well as Studio Art and Art History students
Materials/Lab Fee: none
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:

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