Conceptual Art • DPJD173W11

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Class Name :

Conceptual Art • DPJD173W11

Class Date :

September 10 - October 22

Meeting Times :

Sun 1-4pm (7 sessions)

Class Location :

Community Room

Instructor :

Jan Dickey

Price :

$186.00



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About this Class:

“The idea itself, even if it is not made visual, is as much of a work of art as any finished product.”—Sol LeWitt, 1967

This statement by Sol LeWitt in 1967 established a new understanding in the art world—for the first time concept was viewed as just as important as form and material in the practice of art. Since that moment, the incorporation of context, site-specific responses, background research, performance, and “social practice” have become increasingly important. One component of this class will be a series of lectures that cover the huge influence conceptual art has had on contemporary artists as they expand their focus in every conceivable direction. The second component of this class will be a series of art projects. These projects start as group activities and culminate as an independent site-specific art project. The art projects are an opportunity for students to understand conceptual art first-hand, exploring their creativity in exciting ways by using the history of conceptual art as a fresh new framework. No prior experience in art practice is required, though a basic understanding of pre-1960 art history is recommended. Students will keep one notebook/sketchbook as a tool for contemplating and researching their own conceptual art project. Each student will be guided by individual discussions with the instructor and conversations with the entire class, in a welcoming atmosphere that encourages curiosity.

Supplies: notebook/sketchbook

 

WEEK 1: THE ART OF BREATHING AND PLAY

●        themes in conceptual art since the 1960s (lecture)

●        one-minute performances with everyday items (activity & discussion)

●        Marceo Duchamp and his legacy (lecture)

WEEK 2: ART SYSTEMS

●        group drawing (activity)

●        Sol LeWitt and other systems for art making (lecture)

●        students create instructions for a drawing (activity)!

WEEK 3: EXPANDED FRAMES  

●        group drawing (with string) in a space (activity)

●        site-specificity and institutional critique (lecture)

●        students contemplate a site to interact with (individual brainstorm session)

WEEK 4: ART AS RESEARCH

●        art as research (lecture)

●        determining sites to interact with (group discussion)

●        students contemplate methods of research (individual brainstorm session)

WEEK 5: BODIES PERFORMING ART

●        group performance (activity)

●        performance as art (lecture)

●        students contemplate how to interact with site (individual brainstorm session)

WEEK 6: DOCUMENTATION AS ART/EVIDENCE OF ART

●        a local artist presents their site-specific artwork (guest lecture)

●        sharing research (group discussion)

●        planning documentation of independent project (individual brainstorm session)

Homework: create and document a site-specific conceptual art project

WEEK 7: MAKING CONCEPTUAL ART

●        class presents their documentation of projects (group session)

●        making a conceptual art practice (lecture)

 

Photo credit: Marcel Duchamp (French, 1887-1968). Boîte Series G, 1968. Photographic reproductions, celluloid, plater, porcelain, vinyl, paper, and wood. Honolulu Museum of Art, Gift of Barney A. Ebsworth


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