ART548 MFA Graduate Seminar in Studio Art: Professional Practicum II, Daria Filardo & Pietro Gaglianò, Spring 2020 | SACI College of Art & Design Florence

ART548 MFA Graduate Seminar in Studio Art: Professional Practicum II, Daria Filardo & Pietro Gaglianò, Spring 2020

I–The Artist as a Professional

13 meetings of 3 hours
Daria and Pietro will work collegially and individually.
Didactics: Frontal lessons, simulations, workshops, studio visits, field trips


    Students will directly "confront" an exhibition space, the Maidoff Gallery, where they will face the challenges of planning an exhibition. The idea behind the WORK(IN)SPACE initiative is to get the student out of the confines of the studio to re-think his/her artwork in an exhibition setting—taking into consideration the characteristics and limitations inherent in an exhibition space. Students will learn to negotiate every aspect of exhibiting in order to bring about the best display of their artwork. They will work one-to-one with the professor in the Maidoff Gallery, then alone in order to complete a final solo exhibition that will be open to the public.
  • The Artist as a Teacher
    Opportunities, practices, deontological codes. How to write a syllabus, how to deal with the individuals and the community in the classroom.
  • Art Galleries
    The art fair, the market, institutions, non-profit spaces, public spaces.
    Roles: the curator, the institutional director, the artists, the logistics
  • The Art System (II)
    Through meetings with artists, curators, gallerists (managed in a general framework with introductions and prior lessons by the instructors) students will be exposed to a variety of situations, possibilities, and matters regarding art.

II—The Final Show

Meetings and surveys dedicated to the final show.

Weekly Class Schedule

Tuesday, January 14 (Pietro)
The art system.
Confrontation about the keywords of the art world.
The system of art galleries.
Case studies.
Introduction to the assignment “Arte Fiera.”

Wednesday, January 22 (Daria)
Visit to Manifattura.

Friday, January 24 (Pietro & Daria)
Field trip to Arte Fiera.

Tuesday, February 4 (Pietro)
Discussion of the "Arte Fiera" assignment.
Revision of the Artists' Statements.
The artist as a teacher I.

Tuesday, February 11 (Daria)
Studio visit by a gallerist (Lisa Frittelli).

Tuesday, February 18 (Pietro)
The artist as a teacher (I).
Workshops, preparation of lectures of artists' talks.

Tuesday, February 25 (Daria)
The artist as a teacher (II).
Didactics as aristic language: contemporary practices and case studies.

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

Tuesday, March 10 (Pietro & Daria)
Workshop: Presentation of the projects realized for the “Artist as a Teacher” module (I).

Tuesday, March 17 (Pietro & Daria)
Workshop: Presentation of the projects realized for the “Artist as a Teacher” module (II).

Tuesday, March 24 (Pietro)
Studio visit by a collector (Paolo Gori, Fattoria di Celle).

Tuesday, March 31 (Daria)
Field trip to show of contemporary art in Florence: Palazzo Strozzi.

Tuesday, April 7 (Pietro & Daria)
Work on the final exhibition.

Tuesday, April 14 (Pietro)
​​Update the portfolio - presentation by students.

Tuesday, April 21 (Daria)
Final meeting: Reports and prospects.


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.

All the World's Futures. 56th International Art Exhibition, Biennale di Venezia, Marsilio Editori, 2015.
ISBN: 9788831721288 (Retail price: $130)

Bishop, Claire, Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship, Verso, 2012.
ISBN: 9781844676903 (Retail price: $29.95)

Burn, Gordon, and Damien Hirst, On the Way to Work, Faber and Faber, 2001.
SBN: 9780571202577 (Retail price: $37.50)

Christov-Bakargiev, Carolyn, Chùs Martinez, and Franco Berardi, Documenta 13: Catalog I/3, The Book of Books, Hatje Cantz, 2012.
ISBN: 9783775729512 (Retail price: $95)

Harrison, Charles, and Paul Wood, eds., Art in Theory 1900-2000: An Anthology of Changing Ideas, Blackwell, 2005.
ISBN: 9780631227083 (Retail price: $64.95)

Mesch, Claudia, Art and Politics: A Small History of Art for Social Change Since 1945I. B. Tauris, 2013.
ISBN:  9781848851108 (Retail price: $28)

Sylvester, David, The Brutality of Fact: Interviews with Francis Bacon, Thames and Hudson, 1975.
ISBN: 9780500274750 (Retail price: $19.95)

Thompson, Nato, ‘Living as Form’, in Living as Form. Socially Engaged Art From 1991-2011edited by Nato Thompson, The MIT Press, 2012, pp. 16-33.
ISBN: 9780262017343 (Retail price: $43.95)

van Heudsen, Baren, and Pascal Gielen, eds., Arts Education Beyond Art: Teaching Art in Times of Change, Valiz/Antennae Series, 2015.
ISBN: 9789078088851 (Retail price: $28.95)

​Special articles in art magazines will be distributed in class.

Websites of institutions and residencies will be material for study and will be provided in class.

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