Study of the language, methods, materials and meaning of visual imagery, as found in the visual arts. Role and meaning of visual images in society, both historical and contemporary, are surveyed.
Introduction to Exhibition Practices
Provides an introduction to exhibition practices for both gallerists and artists including the basic skills of exhibition planning (from proposal to design), installation (hanging, lighting, labeling), marketing, and budgeting. Gallery practicum and field trips are required.
This seminar will explore the practice and theory of collecting from both the personal and institutional perspectives. Why are so many people compelled to collect? How does the individual desire to own and catalog objects relate to museum practice? How were the methodologies that determine museum holdings established? Through fiction, autobiography, critical theory, and museum field trips we will study collections ranging from personal ephemera to contemporary art and everything in between.
Amongst the approaches to art making that we will investigate and put into practice will be the readymade, public intervention, performance and ephemeral works, language and the use of signifiers. The course will require you to put aside any assumptions of what art is and to critically rethink what art can be. Ideally, Conceptual Studio will introduce you to contemporary art and it will establish a conceptual foundation that you may apply to future art classes. Conceptual Art is organized around structured assignments designed to assist you in developing a personal, non medium-specific approach to art making, and even problem solving as you take on the assignments throughout the semester. Studio time will be accompanied by lectures presenting the history and theory of conceptual art.
Introduction to B&W Photography
This course will instruct the student in fundamental concepts and techniques of fine art photography, including aesthetics and technical aspects as a basis for creating a photographic image. The student will learn to use the camera, film processing, composition, print finishing, and basic darkroom printing. The student will be challenged to investigate photographic medium and consider its application to the making of art.