MFA in Studio Art: Contemporary Practices Seminar I (First Year)
ART548 MFA in Studio Art: Contemporary Practices Seminar I (First Year)3
Prerequisites: Admission to MFA in Studio Art Program
These seminars consist of readings and discussions that address a variety of topics. An overarching theme is the role and identity of the artist within society, with particular focus on the experience of the artist in Italy. Readings provide students with an exposure to particular artists, art theories, and art institutions within a loose chronological/historical context, ranging from the Italian Renaissance to contemporary practices. In addition to discussions based on assigned readings, this course includes visits to art sites, collections, events, and artists’ studios as well as regular meetings with art historians, art gallery owners, curators, and artists. Field trips include visits to events such as the Venice Biennale (every other year); the international contemporary art fairs in Florence and Bologna; exhibitions at the Luigi Pecci Center for Contemporary Art in Prato; and significant exhibitions elsewhere. They vary from day trips of a few hours to excursions of several days. During the first year, the course focuses on contemporary practices with an emphasis upon the role of the emerging artist within new and established art communities.
(See syllabus below. An updated syllabus will be posted at the beginning of each term.)
Syllabus & Faculty