ARTH(BN)469 Contemporary Art: Biennale & Beyond, Marco Baravalle, Summer Venice 2019 | SACI College of Art & Design Florence

ARTH(BN)469 Contemporary Art: Biennale & Beyond, Marco Baravalle, Summer Venice 2019

Schedule

Week 1

Monday, July 1
First Lesson: 2 pm – 5 pm
The origins of a format. How the Biennale colonized Venice and the world.
Historical excursus on La Biennale di Venezia, a model inspired by the World Expos, similitudes and differences. Evolution of its institutional structure and its material infrastructure. Diffusion of the format.

Tuesday, July 2
Visit: 10 am – 4 pm
La Biennale. Giardini: 58th International Art Exhibition + selection of national pavilions.

Week 2

Monday, July 8
Second Lesson: 2 pm – 5 pm
From Harald Szeeman to Hans Ulrich Obrist. A very brief history of independent curating from 1969 to globalization.
Harald Szeemann is widely recognized as the prototype of the independent curator. The aim of this lesson is to frame the success of its model within the historical context of the capitalist response to 1968 movements and to trace a possible line of evolution that leads until the 90s and early 2000s, with the explosion of curators popularity as one of the effects of art's globalization.  

Tuesday, July 9
Visit:10 am - 4 pm
La Biennale. Arsenale: 58th International Art Exhibition + selection of national pavilions.

Week 3

Monday, July 15
Third lesson: 2 pm – 5 pm
An old problem, a new problem. Art And Populism
What does the definition "populist art" mean? How is the term populism to be understood? From Italian Operaism to Relational aesthetics until some of the most recent art practices, we will focus on how the debated category of populism can be related to the field of aesthetics.

Tuesday, July 16
Visit 10 am - 4 pm
Taiwan in Venice. Shu Lea Cheang. Curated by Paul B. Preciado.

Week 4

Monday, July 22
Fourth Lesson: 2 pm – 5 pm
Final Critique.

Tuesday, July 23
Visit: to be determined.

Assignment

Students will be asked to present a paper. The topic of the paper can be inspired by one of the theoretical lessons and related bibliography, or by one of the artworks seen or artists met during class visits to exhibitions. 
The paper will be presented in class on July 22.

Graduate Students

​Students in MFA, MA, and Post-Bac programs are expected to complete additional assignments and to produce work at a level appropriate for students in a graduate program. They are graded accordingly and, if they successfully complete all course requirements for graduate students, receive graduate-level credit for the course.

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.

Alberto Asor Rosa, The Writer and the People, London, Seagull Books,  2016.
ISBN: 9780857423429 (Retail price: To Be Determined)

Marco Baravalle, Art, Populism and the Alter-Institutional Turn, in E-Flux Journal #89, New York, March 2018.  

Claire Bishop, Antagonism and Relational Aesthetics, in October, 110 (Fall). Cambridge: MIT Press, 2004.

H. U. Obrist, A Brief History of Curating, Jrp Ringier; Zurich, 2008.
ISBN: 9783905829556 (Retail price: $24.95)

O. Enwezor, Mega-Exhibitions as the Antinomies of a Transnational Global Form, in V. Misiano, I. Zabel (ed. by), Manifesta Journal, N°2 Winter 2003-Spring 2004.

Enzo di Martino, The History of the Venice Biennale 1895-2005, Papiro Arte, 2005.
ISBN: 9788890110443 (Retail price: To Be Determined)

C. Di Stefano, The 1968 Biennale, Boycotting the Exhibition, An Account of Three Extraordinary Days, in n C. Ricci (ed by), Starting from Venice, Studies on The Biennale, et al. Edizioni, Milano 2010.
ISBN: 9788864630243 (Retail price: To Be Determined)

A. Geppert: Fleeting Cities. Imperial Expositions in Fin-de-Siècle Europe, Basingstoke/New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
ISBN: 9781137358325 (Retail price: $40)

P. Gielen, The Biennale. A Post Institution for Immaterial Labour,  in P. Gielen The Murmuring of The Artistic Multitude, Valiz, 2010.
ISBN: 9789492095046 (Retail price: $28.95)

V. Martini, A Brief History of How an Exhibition Took Shape, in C. Ricci (ed by), Starting from Venice, Studies on The Biennale, et al. Edizioni, Milano 2010.
ISBN: 9788864630243 (Retail price: To Be Determined)

M. Mulazzani, Guide to the Pavilions of the Venice Biennale Since 1887, Mondadori Electa, Milano, 2014.
ISBN: To Be Determined (Retail price: To Be Determined)

P. Kaiser, G. Phillips, P. Rigolo (ed.), Harald Szeemann: Selected Writings, Getty Publications, Los Angeles 2018.
ISBN: 9781606065549 (Retail price $49.95)

M. van Hal, S. Ovstebo, E. Filipovic (ed. by), The Biennial Reader, Hatje Cantz, 2010.
ISBN: To Be Determined (Retail price: To Be Determined)

B. Von Bismarck, When Attitudes Become a Profession. Harald Szeemann's Self Referential Practice and the Art of Exhibition, in Harald Szeemann Museum of Obsessions, P. G., Kaiser P., Chon D., Rigolo P. (ed,), The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, 2018.
ISBN: 9781606065594 (Retail price: $69.95)
 

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