ART548 MFA Graduate Seminar in Studio Art: Contemporary Practices II, Daria Filardo, Spring 2020 | SACI College of Art & Design Florence

ART548 MFA Graduate Seminar in Studio Art: Contemporary Practices II, Daria Filardo, Spring 2020

The second semester of Contemporary Practices aims at investigating the main critical debates from the '80's to our present time. The course will meet once a week. Reading assignments will be given so that students can explore more deeply the subjects studied. Students will be asked to actively participate during class time, to confront ideas and develop critical thinking.

The course will alternate between historical lectures and field trips to exhibitions, collections, and studios.

The academic areas will be:

  • The '80's return to painting: the German and Italian experience.
  • Painting today.
  • Art and politics: The social dimension from Joseph Beuys to contemporary practices
  • Realism/ memory/social engagements: Public space, social involvement with communities, open process of participation. (All art mediums.)
  • Post-Colonial debate in contemporary art.
  • Italian contemporary art scene

All these areas are studied through the prospective of key artists, scholars, curators, and 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).

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)

Brecht, George, Chance Imagery, A Great Bear Pamphlet, 2004.
ISBN: 9780978869717 (Retail price: $10)

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)

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

Week 1

Monday, January 13
Recap of the themes treated in the previous semester (decades 60/70/80).

​Discussion on the paper due at the end of the semester.

Week 2

Monday, January 20
Global perspectives on art. What happens after 1989.

Week 3

Thursday, January 27
Monumental/anti-monumental: themes of the representation of memory in contemporary societies.

Week 4

Monday, February 3
Presentation of three cases of contemporary monuments (from the magazine October).

Week 5

Monday, February 10
Post-colonial debate and themes in art.

Week 6

Monday, February 17
Lecture Angelica Pesarini on the post-colonial body

 

Week 7

Monday, February 24
Field trip TBA.

   

Week 8

MIDTERM BREAK for undergraduates (February 29 - March 8)
Work on given assignment.

   

Week 9

Monday, March 9
Participatory practices, the historical and the contemporary debate.
Readings from Artificial Hells.

Week 10

Monday, March 16
Presentation of three participatory projects.

Week 11

Monday, March 23
Contemporary artists through the words of Hans Urlich Obrist.
Each student reports in class on three interviews and comments on the work through images.

Week 12

Monday, March 30
Lecture TBA

Week 13

Monday, April 6
Art magazines where the contemporary debate takes place. An overview of the main paper and virtual magazines.
to do in class: Select three articles on contemporary debates and report in class.

Week 14

Monday, April 13
Review of the course.

Week 15

Monday, April 20
Final exam.

 

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