Courses

Art for Everyone

This studio class will address the increasing social pressure on art to become more widely distributed, immediately accessible, and democratically produced. For the past fifty years, expanding definitions of what art might be fueled by a greater emphasis on active audience participation have encouraged an atmosphere in which anyone can claim to be an artist. Through studio work in a wide range of graphic and digital media, supported by readings and discussions, this class will take a hands-on approach to the question of whether art by everyone for everyone constitutes a dreamed-of utopia, a universal banality, or a cultural nightmare.

Sample reading list:
Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol
Robert Smithson, Collected Writings
Mike Kelley/Joe Scanlan, Pay for your Pleasure/Pay for your Pleasure (reprise)
Nicholas Bourriaud, Relational Aesthetics
Claire Bishop, Antagonism and Relational Aesthetics
Boris Groys, Going Public

 

Faculty

Prerequisites and Restrictions

This course is not open to students who took VIS 472, Special Topics in Visual Arts — Art for Everyone.

Sections

U01

Wednesdays, 7:30 - 10:20 pm
185 Nassau St., Room 303

Instructor(s)

Fia Backström