Students visit with the instructor a broad array of Venice Biennale exhibits and together explore the rich cultural and artistic milieu of Venice through visits to public museums, private foundations, galleries, and artists’ ateliers. Most class sessions are conducted on site so that students can experience directly both historical and contemporary artworks. Instruction will focus not only on aesthetic considerations inherent in these works, but on the contexts, whether social, political, economic, or theoretical, within which they were created and are now perceived. Students tour the Arsenale and Giardini as well as other art venues within the city and investigate both the relationship between Venice and the Biennale and the role of the Biennale as a historic and contemporary phenomenon.
(See syllabus below. An updated syllabus will be posted at the beginning of each term.)
Syllabus & Faculty