Delights of Ephemera (VA4313.01)

Anne Thompson

Delights of Ephemera considers the significance of mass-produced materials in the context of art exhibitions and events. Readings, lectures, assignments and other activities cover topics including traditional and experimental forms of ephemera; ephemera collections; and the function of ephemera as historical document and work of art. The goal is for students to develop a sophisticated understanding of ephemera production methods and distribution strategies, including those that subvert institutional structures and give voice to marginalized groups. Over the term, students will design and produce five (5) ephemera prototypes, exploring formal and conceptual relationships and the different ways that a piece of ephemera can embody the content it represents.


Learning Outcomes:
-understand and think critically about the conceptual relationship between form and content
-develop ideas through a process of research, creation, presentation and revision
-think strategically about how to communicate messages to wide audiences, in and outside specialized areas of interest or expertise



Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Prior coursework in visual arts and instructor consent.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
M/Th 10:00AM - 11:50AM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 14
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: Visual Arts (VA) , Fully In-Person , All courses
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