This two-semester course is divided into a writing/research phase (first semester) and a studio/critique phase (second semester).
The writing/research phase explores the role or writing and research in contemporary art practice. We survey a selection of writing by contemporary artists in order to consider how the artist's voice--both written and spoken--contributes to an art critical dialog often dominated by theoreticians, curators, historians and journalists. The research component of this course explores research methods useful to artists who wish to begin long-term and/or interdisciplinary projects. In addition to considering a number of examples of research-based art projects, students will develop their own semester-long research project.
The studio/critique phase integrates each student's research project into a semester-long studio project. Students will lead weekly presentations on their progress, work together to problem-solve, and engage in conversation and critique. Students and faculty will work together to plan field trips, group exhibitions, and other types of opportunities for engagement.