ART548 MFA Graduate Seminar in Studio Art: Contemporary Practices I, Daria Filardo, Fall 2019 | SACI College of Art & Design Florence

ART548 MFA Graduate Seminar in Studio Art: Contemporary Practices I, Daria Filardo, Fall 2019

This course investigates the main critical debates from the '60's 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 ForumOctoberFlash Art, MousseE-FluxParkettFrieze, and others). Each semester the course will host visiting artists and curators to engage students in critical dialogues.

The historical lectures will be punctuated with readings and discussions on contemporary art themes treated by contemporary artists such as Identity, memory, place, time, etc.

Bibliography

In compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act Textbook Provision, SACI provides, when possible, the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) and retail price of required and recommended reading. Note: It is not necessary to purchase the books below. They are available for loan or consultation in the SACI Worthington Library.

Benjamin, Walter, ‘Preface’ to The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, 1936.
(Photocopy in SACI Worthington Library)

Bishop, Claire, ‘Participation and Spectacle: Where Are We Now?’ in Living as Form. Socially Engaged Art From 1991-2011, edited by Nato Thompson, The MIT Press, 2012.
ISBN: 9780262017343 (Retail price: $43.95)

Campany, David, ‘Survey’ in Art and Photography, Phaidon 2003.
ISBN: 9780714842868 (Retail price: To Be Determined)

Christov-Bakargiev, Carolyn, ‘Survey’ in Arte Povera, Phaidon, 1999.
ISBN: 9780714834139 (Retail price: €19.95)

Filipovic, Elena, ‘When Exhibitions Become Form: On the History of the Artist as Curator’ in The Artist Curator, Issue #0 Mousse 41.

Groys, Boris, ‘Art Topology: Reproduction of Aura’ in When Attitudes Become Form. Bern 1969/Venice 2013, edited by Germano Celant, Fondazione Prada, 2013.
ISBN: 9788887029550 (Retail price: €90)

Groys, Boris, ‘Marcel Duchamp’s Absolute Art’ in Mousse, No. 36, pp. 86-97.

Groys, Boris, ‘Multiple Authorship’ in Art and Power, Hayward Gallery, 1995.
ISBN: 9781853321481 (Retail price: To Be Determined)

Hoffmann, Jens, ‘Attitude Problems’ in When Attitudes Become Form. Bern 1969/Venice 2013, edited by Germano Celant, Fondazione Prada, 2013.
ISBN: 9788887029550 (Retail price: €90)

Kaprow, Allan, Some Recent Happenings, A Great Bear Pamphlet, 2004.
ISBN: To Be Determined (Retail price: To Be Determined)

Martinez, Chus, ’The Politics of Attitudes: On the Relationship Between Attitudes, Skepticism and Disengagement’ in When Attitudes Become Form. Bern 1969/Venice 2013, edited by Germano Celant, Fondazione Prada, 2013.
ISBN: 9788887029550 (Retail price: €90)

Meyer, James, ‘Survey’ in Minimalism, Phaidon 2000.
ISBN: 9780714834603 (Retail price: $19.95)

Newman, Michael and John Bird eds., Rewriting Conceptual Art, Reaktion Books, 1999.
ISBN: 9781861890528 (Retail price: $24.95)

Osborne, Peter, ‘Survey’ in Conceptual Art, Phaidon, 2002.
ISBN: 9780714839301 (Retail price: $45)

Rattemeyer, Christian, ‘Drama and Dynamism: How an Exhibition Came Into Being’ in When Attitudes Become Form. Bern 1969/Venice 2013, edited by Germano Celant, Fondazione Prada, 2013.
ISBN: 9788887029550 (Retail price: €90)

Jean Robertson, Craig McDaniel, Themes of Contemporary Art. Visual Art After 1980, Oxford University Press, 2013.
ISBN: 9780190276621 (Retail price: $54.95)

Schwabsky, Barry, ‘Painting in the Interrogative Mode’ in Vitamin P: New Perspective in Painting, Phaidon, 2002.
ISBN: 9780714842462 (Retail price: €39.95)

Smith,Terry, ‘Artists as Curators/Curators as Artists: Exhibitionary Form Since 1969 in When Attitudes Become Form. Bern 1969/Venice 2013, edited by Germano Celant, Fondazione Prada, 2013.
ISBN: 9788887029550 (Retail price: €90)

Thompson, Nato, ‘Living as Form’, in Living as Form. Socially Engaged Art From 1991-2011edited by Nato Thompson, The MIT Press, 2012. ISBN: 9780262017343 (Retail price: $43.95)

Weischer, Matthias et al., ‘Histories of Pictures and Figures’ and ‘A Picture Show’ in The Inevitable Figuration, Silvana Editoriale, 2013.
ISBN: 9788836626175 (Retail price: €22) 

Schedule

Monday, September 9

Introduction. Presentation of the course. The Neo-avant-gardes as the basis of our critical thinking will be the topic of the course. These movements will be explored through an historical approach and deepening the relations with the Avant-garde movements. Present time practices and debates will be the focus of the second part.

During the course many field trips to exhibitions and artists' studios will be held to present contemporary practice.

Introduction to historical background.

Reading assignment: Walter Benjamin "Art in the Age of its Mechanical Reproduction."

Student presentation: Background and portfolio presentation.

Discussion on the reading assignment and reading of Boris Groys article Marcel Duchamp and the Absolute Art, Mousse n.36.

Monday, September 16

Minimalism, pragmatic spaces, and new spatial thinking.

Relation with Constructivism and ready-made objects.

Read survey introduction of: Minimalism, edited by James Meyer, Phaidon.

Monday, September 23

Conceptual art: Words, language, structure, photography.

Reading assignments:
​Peter Osborne, Conceptual Art, Phaidon – survey introduction.

When Attitude Becomes Form, Bern 1969. Processual practices and the figure of Szeemann.

Monday, September 30

Performance art in the '70s.
http://www.ubu.com

Monday, October 7

Women artists entering the scenes in the '60s and '70s.

Monday, October 14

Screening of film TBA.

Monday, October 21
 

Midterm Exam.

 

 

 

MIDTERM BREAK for undergraduates 
(October 26 - November 3)

Work on a given assignment.

 

 

Monday, November 4
 

Arte Povera: The Italian way of processing history and materials.

Reading assignments:
Caroline Cristov Bagargiev, Arte Povera, Phaidon – survey introduction.

Monday, November 11

The '80s: Postmodernism and the return of painting.

Monday, November 18

Lecture by Francesco Lauretta on contemporary painting.

Monday, November 25

Visit TBA.

Monday, December 2

Women artists in the '80s/'90s.

Monday, December 9

Review.

Monday, December 16

Final Exam.

 

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