Mail Art (VA2229.01)

Anne Thompson

This course examines the history, politics and ephemeral nature of mail art, a format seeing a renaissance with COVID-19 social distancing. Activities consider how artists and art movements have used the mail to subvert institutional structures, restrictive conditions and oppressive regimes, often leading to new forms of art making and distribution. Parallel to looking at mail-art traditions, students each week will produce mail-art projects, thinking conceptually about the formal and logistical properties of the postal service. This collective experience of sending and receiving mail forms the core of the class, providing a context for understanding and discussing histories, methods and current practices. Assignments also include weekly readings and research in mail-art collections and archives.

This course can also be taken as a 4000-level. Please contact the faculty for additional details.

Learning Outcomes:

Delivery Method: Entirely remote (synchronous)
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
M/Th 8:30AM-12:10PM (1st seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 18
Course Frequency: One time only

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