What are the environments, fictions, fantasies, and ideologies that condition the artist at work? This course takes as its investigative locus the artist’s studio, a space of experimentation and inspiration, but also of boredom, sociability, exhaustion, and critique. Structured around visits to the studios of multiple practicing artists in New York City, the course tracks the trope of “the studio” from the Renaissance to the present, with emphasis on the concept’s reconfiguration and reanimation in contemporary art. Lecture with discussion and field trips.
Sample reading list:
Jacob, Mary Jane and Michelle Grabner, The Studio Reader: The Space of Artists
de Balzac, Honoré, The Unknown Masterpiece
Bourriaud, Nicholas, Relational Aesthetics
Buren, Daniel, The Function of the Studio
Warhol, Andy, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol
Scanlan, Joe, Post-Post Studio
Two short (3-4 pgs) papers; one final paper (7-8 pgs); weekly reading responses/questions; class and studio visit participation.