Trying Out Positions

Artists have long deployed language as a kind of satellite hovering in the vicinity of their artworks, influencing their reception. The style and method of this language varies greatly and does not always match the accompanying work. This studio seminar will engage students in contemporary art theory and practice by taking up this critical aspect of its making: The artist producing language that stakes out a position in relation to their studio work. Focus will be on five artists: Marcel Broodthaers, Andrea Fraser, Adrian Piper, Frank Stella, and Peter Fischli & David Weiss, four of whom will have a major presence in the vicinity this Spring.

Sample reading list:
Battcock, Gregory, editor, Minimal Art, A Critical Anthology
Ferber, Andrea, Andrea Fraser’s Untitled, 2003
Alberro,Alexander, editor, Institutional Critique
See instructor for complete list

ENROLLMENT BY APPLICATION OR INTERVIEW. DEPARTMENTAL PERMISSION REQUIRED. Interested students should contact the professor to arrange an interview.



U01 - Joe Scanlan

Wednesdays 12:30 - 4:20 pm


Joe Scanlan