Post-Bac Graduate Seminar in Studio Art II
ART548 Post-Bac Graduate Seminar in Studio Art II3
Prerequisites: Post-Bac Graduate Seminar in Studio Art I
This course is a continuation of the Post-Bac Graduate Seminar in Studio Art I. The aim of these seminars is to provide structure and instruction that enables students to develop, refine, and clarify their work. Students are exposed to concepts, issues, and artists, past and present, relevant to the practice and study of art in a contemporary setting. Readings and discussions address a variety of topics, with an overarching theme of the role and identity of the artist within society, with particular focus on the experience of the artist in Italy. These readings provide students with an exposure to particular artists, art theories, and art institutions within a loose chronological/historical context, ranging from the Italian Renaissance to contemporary practices.
Visiting lecturers focus on a range of critical issues pertaining to modern and contemporary art. The seminars include visits to art sites, collections, events, and artists’ studios as well as regular meetings with art historians, art gallery owners, curators, and artists. Field trips include visits to the Venice Biennale (every other year); the international contemporary art fairs in Florence and Bologna; exhibitions at the Luigi Pecci Center for Contemporary Art in Prato; and significant exhibitions elsewhere. They vary from day trips of a few hours to excursions of several days. Students complete written assignments and give oral presentations in which they discuss themes, problems, and concepts relevant to their own visual and conceptual concerns and trace strands of connection among individuals, movements, and cultural observations from many of the periods studied.
(See syllabus below. An updated syllabus will be posted at the beginning of each term.)
Syllabus & Faculty