ART601 MFA in Studio Art: Studio Co-Requisite IV, Regan Wheat, Spring 2020 | SACI College of Art & Design Florence

ART601 MFA in Studio Art: Studio Co-Requisite IV, Regan Wheat, Spring 2020


The MFA Studio Co-Requisites IV formulates the final semester of the second year of a two-year MFA sequence that prepares MFA students to situate their work within contemporary art dialogues and trends. The course engenders the development of individual artistic production in relation to current thought shaping the most important international exhibitions such as Documenta, Manifesta and the myriad worldwide Biennales of the past two decades. Through artist interviews, readings and films, students will learn from specific contemporary artists, collectives and activist groups, how they use the language of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, installation, performance, and digital technologies, to address current issues. Group discussions will be conducted during solo exhibitions throughout the semester in which students will present their own work and review the work of their peers. The course culminates in the realization of a body of work and a final research paper.


This course consists of slide lectures, films, readings, discussions, individual critiques with the lead faculty, and group critiques that include Directed Independent Study tutors and other faculty members. Students will be evaluated on the level of their practical work, critical dialogue skills, and the ability to contextual their art practice within the broader contemporary art context.

Learning Outcomes

Each student is required to produce a body of work, make presentations on their work, write a final paper, and participate in end-of-year group exhibition.

Means of Evaluation

  • 50% Weekly meetings including readings, writings, and discussions
  • 50% Individual and Group Critiques – presentation, articulation, discussion, and quality of work


Grades range from A+ to F. The SACI grading scale follows:
A+ Outstanding
A Excellent
A- Nearly Excellent
B+ Very Good
B Good
B- Nearly Good
C+ Above Satisfactory
C Satisfactory
C- Below Satisfactory
D Unsatisfactory
F Failure

A: Outstanding. Work is done with the highest commitment to excellence with a refined understanding of conceptual research and technical skill in chosen medium. Participation is consistent, all classes are attended. Open studio work is completed on time and goes consistently above and beyond what is required.

B: Above Average. Work is strong and shows a good understanding of conceptual research and technical skill in chosen medium. Participation may be inconsistent, but still good. Open studio work usually shows an understanding of what is covered.

C: Satisfactory. Work is average. Participation may be inconsistent. Open studio work is completed with average dedication and understanding.

Attendance and Punctuality

Punctual class attendance is mandatory, and all students are expected to take an active role in protecting a serene learning environment.

  • You are expected to stay for the duration of the class and to leave only during official breaks unless you explain in advance a medical necessity to the instructor. Frequent missed time in class may be counted as an unexcused absence.
  • If you are unable to attend class, you must inform your instructor in advance.
  • An absence is excused for documented and serious medical problems. An undocumented medical absence is at the discretion of the instructor.
  • Each absence will lower the participation grade by 1/3 of a grade. (i.e. an A will become an A-, and A- a B+ etc.)
  • If you must miss class for reasons other than a medical emergency, you should discuss with the instructor the consequences of the absences. It is ultimately the instructor's decision to assess how your absence may affect your academic performance. In exceptional circumstances (which do not include personal travel) the instructor may decide to excuse the absence and provide you with alternative work to make up for missed classes, site visits or field trips, if applicable.

The Learning Environment

The MFA studios are group spaces and require that everyone respect the space of others. Being aware of your impact and actions is fundamental. Please keep it at all times clean and return all materials/supplies to their appropriate spaces.

All members of the class are expected to respect the learning environment and the instructor's efforts to maintain it. All phones, laptops and other electronic devices are only allowed to be seen or used during class or specific tasks with the approval of the instructor.


Weeks 1-2
Introduction to Course
Current Trends in Art Practice | Seminar
Development of Final Research Paper

In-studio work | Individual Critiques

Weeks 3-4
Current Trends in Art Practice | Seminar
Development of Final Research Paper: Writing Workshop TBD
Milan Trip February 8 (Saturday)

In-studio work | Individual Critiques

Weeks 5-6
Current Trends in Art Practice | Seminar
Development of Final Research Paper: Writing Workshop TBD

In-studio work | Individual Critiques

Week 7
Midterm Review: Group Critique with Guest Critics

Selection of Works for Final Group Exhibition

Weeks 8
Research Week

Weeks 9-10
Current Trends in Art Practice | Seminar
Draft of Final Research Paper Due March 11: Writing Review TBD

In-studio work | Individual Critiques

Weeks 11-12
Current Trends in Art Practice | Seminar
Paris Trip TBD
Final Research Paper Due April 3

In-studio work | Individual Meetings

Weeks 13-14
Installation of Final Group Exhibition Opening April 9
Present Research Paper & Final Review: Group Critique with Guest Critics

Week 15
Graduate Review Board Final Review

Recommended Reading*

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.

Harald Szeemann, Biennale di Venezia: 46 Plateau of Humankind, Electa, 2001.
ISBN: 8843595261 (Retail price: To Be Determined)

Okwui Enwezor, Experiments with truth: transitional justice and the processes of truth and reconciliation; Documenta 11 – Platform 2, Ostfildern-Ruit Hatje Cantz, 2002.
ISBN: 9783775790802 (Retail price: Out of Print)

Francesco Bonami, Biennale di Venezia: 47 Dreams and Conflicts: the Dictatorship of the Viewer, Gardners Books, 2003.
ISBN: 9788884915979 (Retail price: €148)

Hans Ulrich Obrist, Hans Ulrich Obrist: Interviews, Volume 1, Charta/Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery, 2003.
ISBN: 9788881584314 (Retail price: To Be Determined)

Maria del Corral and Rosa Martinez, Biennale di Venezia: 51 The Experience of Art, Always a Little Futher, Marsilio Editori, 2005.
ISBN: 9788831786867(Retail price: €40)

Robert Storr, Biennale di Venezia: 52 Think with the Senses – Feel with the Mind, Rizzoli, 2007.
ISBN: 9780847830015 (Retail price: €60)

Roger M.Buergel & Ruth Noack, Documenta 12 (catalog), Taschen GmbH, Germany, 2007.
ISBN: 9783836502085 (Retail price: To Be Determined)

Manifesta 7: The European Biennial of Contemporary Art; region of Trentino South Tyrol Italy, Cinisello Balsamo (Milano) Silvana Ed. 2008.
ISBN: 9788836611270 (Retail price: €38)

Daniel Birnbaum, Biennale di Venezia: 53 Making Worlds, Marsilio Editori, 2009.
ISBN: 9788831796965 (Retail price: To Be Determined)

Hans Ulrich Obrist, Hans Ulrich Obrist: Interviews, Volume 2. Ed. Charles Arsène-Henry, Shumon Basar, and Karen Marta, Charta, 2010.
ISBN: 9788881587315 (Retail price $75)

Manifesta 8: The European Biennial of Contemporary Art; region of Murcia (Spain) in dialogue with Northern Africa, Cinisello Balsamo (Milano) Silvana Ed. 2010.
ISBN: 9788836616978 (Retail price: $50)

Bice Curiger, Biennale di Venezia: 54 ILLUMInations, Marsilio Editori, 2011.
ISBN: 9788831708203 (Retail price: To Be Determined)

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

Massimiliano Gioni, Biennale di Venezia: 55 The Encyclopedic Palace, Marsilio Editori, 2013.
ISBN: 9788831714853 (Retail Price: To Be Determined)

Okwui Enwezor, Biennale di Venezia: 56 All the World’s Futures, Marsilio Editori, 2015.
ISBN: 9788831721288 (Retail price: $130)

Carolyn Christov-Bakergiev and Süreyya Evren, 14th Istanbul Biennial Saltwater Catalogue, IKSV Yayinlari, 2015.
ISBN: 9786055275259 (Retail price: $30.95)

Christine Macel, Biennale di Venezia: 57 Viva Arte Viva, Marsilio Editori, 2017.
ISBN: 9780847861156 (Retail price: €72.25)

Quinn Latimer and Adam Szymczyk, The Documenta 14 Reader, Prestel Verlag, 2017.
ISBN: 9783791356570 (Retail price $49.95)

Marina Fokidis, SOUTH AS A STATE OF MIND fall / winter 2015, sixth issue [documenta 14 #1], spring / summer 2016, seventh issue [documenta 14 #2], fall / winter 2016, eighth issue [documenta 14 #3] , fall / winter 2017, ninth issue [documenta 14 #4], Quinn Latimer, 2015-2017.

Ömer Albayrak, iyi bir komşu a good neighbor 15. Istanbul Bienali, IKSV, 2017.
ISBN: Turkish 9786055275372 (Retail price: To Be Determined)

Gilda Williams, How to Write About Contemporary Art, Thames & Hudson, 2014.
ISBN: 9780500291573. (Retail price: €12.99)

Umberto Eco, How to Write a Thesis, The MIT Press, 2015. ISBN: 978-0-262-52713-2. (Retail price: €14.19)

Hélène Cixous,Three Steps on the Ladder of Writing, Columbia University Press, 1993. ISBN: 978-0-231-07659-3. (Retail price: €24.51)

*Note: Selected articles will be distributed in class.


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