The Artist as Impresario
The idea of the visual artist as impresario— conductor of a work, not a creator—runs contrary to modernist ideas of the role of the artist. The term impresario carries with it a stigma of dubiousness and insincerity. This course delves beyond the stigma’s superficiality, and into the work and performance of the impresario, to consider what traits, strategies, and sensibilities (if any) unite such a varied group of artists as: Andy Warhol, Allan Kaprow, Vanessa Beecroft, Yves Klein, Jeff Koons and Ai Weiwei, to name a few. Students who participate in this split studio and history class will be informed by various readings, videos, lectures, discussions, and student presentations. Concurrently, they will develop proposals for works that incorporate strategies discovered in class, in order to settle on one proposal that, as a final project, they see through to completion.