SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE
Visiting Faculty, San Francisco Art Institute (2002 - 2004)
Taught undergraduate courses and graduate seminars in art history and critical studies including Art Meets Life: Social Interaction & Relational Aesthetics. Developed and taught pilot graduate curriculum in Exhibition and Museum Studies and Theory and Practice Professional Practices for the Artist and Curatorial Studies.
On Site: Production, Reception and Discursive Strategies in Recent Art
In recent years, various practices of contemporary art have decisively shifted from the individual object to the actual experience and conditions or situation of viewing. Regardless of whether artists are making objects, time-based videos, or installation pieces, now more than ever they are focusing on the mis-en-scene
of the gallery itself. More and more, artists seek to control conditions of reception by creating works, which offer themselves not simply as objects, but as environments, extended discourses, architectural spaces, and time-based immersive experiences. Artists today are also concerned about issues of public display, mapping the conditions of reception into the structure of their artworks and into their exhibitions.
This course focuses on how art is conceptualized and practiced today at the moment of reception. How do site and context, presentation and display, and viewing and reception affect artistic production as it continues to move from the studio to the gallery into the public domain? And how does this change the artist’s central role either with or without the collaboration of a curator, or the strictures of a site or institutional space? What are some of the discursive strategies of contemporary art? How is it related to the larger society and to our information consumption habits and desires? Will or could it ever change?
The class is structured around issues and investigations that are presented in lectures with accompanying readings and discussion. The first part of the course will provide a historical and critical context. Topics investigated include the histories of site-specific sculpture and installation; earthworks and land projects; performance, conceptual art and ephemeral works in the public sphere’ the use of moving image in the gallery, including the internet and the role of networked art. Classes incorporate off-site meetings in local galleries and museums, lectures by visiting artists and a field trip scheduled around Spring Break. During the final part of the course students work together curating their own projects in different sites and writing about each other’s production.
This course served as pilot curriculum for the SFAI Exhibitions and Museum Studies Program.
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Art Meets Life: Social Interaction and Relational Aesthetics
Visiting Artists Seminar in conjunction with Nicolas Bourriaud and artists in the exhibition
Touch: Relational Art Since the 1990s
This seminar covers the history, theory and practice of relational art and performative practices that involve everyday activities and ordinary objects to produce social interaction. It begins with an historical introduction to the art-meets-life agenda of early modernist and post war avant-garde artists. We then look at more contemporary work, focusing on the artists in the exhibition TOUCH: Relational Art from the 1990s to Now
, on view in the Walter and McBean Galleries, 10/18 – 12/14. During the second part of the course, Nicolas Bourriaud, guest curator of Touch and visiting critic at SFAI, will teach several class lectures, while some artists in the exhibition including Joseph Grigely, Christine Hill, Ben Kimont, and Rirkrit Tiranvanija, will do performances or short-terms residencies on campus.
For the mid-term each student will do research and write a biography about one of the artists in Touch for the exhibition publication. During the final portion of the seminar, students make presentations and/or produce their own work based on their experience and understanding of relational aesthetics or other artistic practices that produce social interaction and audience participation.
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Theory and Practice for the Professional Artists
This graduate seminar presents different theories and practices for professional working artists and working arts professionals. It begins by providing historical background and theories about institutions and current discourses about the sites and systems of contemporary artistic practice. Next it focuses on practical tools and opportunities to facilitate the transition from art student to independent artist working in various contexts: ie; to help you better navigate after you graduate. The first part of each meeting includes a lecture by the instructor and/or a visiting arts professional, a field trip or workshop; the second part includes questions and answer sessions with speakers and/or a class discussion. Course reading assignments and student participation are integral to our ongoing conversations. During each month we focus on a particular area:
September Part I: Sites and Systems of Contemporary Art
October Part 2: Artistic Practice, Production and Documentation
November Part 3: Professional Opportunities
December Part 4: Presentation of Final Research Project