Summer Low-Residency MFA in Studio Art Graduate Seminar: Contemporary Practices I

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  • ART548 Summer Low-Residency MFA in Studio Art Graduate Seminar: Contemporary Practices I6

    Term: MFA Summer Low-Residency

    Prerequisites: Admission to Summer Low Residency MFA in Studio Art Program

    This course investigates the main critical debates from the '60s to our present time with a special European perspective (concerning the decades 60's/90's) and explores today's global panorama. Reading assignments will allow students to study in depth the subject matter presented. Students will be asked to participate actively in class, to compare ideas, and develop critical thinking. The course will include lectures on the history of Neo-avant-garde movements, focusing on 'art outside the boundaries,' rethinking modernity, and field trips to exhibitions, collections, and artists' studios.

    The academic areas covered are: Neo-avant-gardes: '60/'80 — art outside the boundaries, rethinking modernity. Radical research: minimalism, conceptualism, photography and contemporary art, Arte Povera, performative. The study of the neo-avant-garde movements will be integrated with analysis of the 20th century avant-garde movements such as Dadaism, surrealism, constructivism as bases of the rethinking of post war art practices. These decades are studied through the prospective of key artists, scholars, curators, exhibitions, that changed the art practice and the function of art. Material of study will also be the main art magazines where the contemporary debate takes place (Art Forum, October, Flash Art, Mousse, E-Flux, Parkett, Frieze, and others). The course will host visiting artists and curators to engage students in critical dialogues.

    (See syllabus below. An updated syllabus will be posted at the beginning of each term.)

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