This seminar provides senior ART Program 2 and VIS certificate students a context for investigating and discussing contemporary art exhibition practices. Over the course of the semester, students will develop a greater understanding of their art, their influences, and their aesthetic underpinnings by considering them alongside readings, visiting artist lectures, writing assignments, and field trips to current exhibitions. Approaches to exhibition design, publicity, and audience will also be addressed. Assigned readings will challenge received ideas of what art is and what the form and content of an exhibition might entail.
Weekly readings, visiting artist research, and presentation and discussion of initial concepts for each student’s Spring thesis exhibition. Two substantial writing assignments in the form of interviews will be undertaken, one as interviewer and one as interviewee.