Rules of Engagement: Art & Curatorial Practices that Animate the Public Realm (VA4122.01)

Carol Stakenas

This seminar investigates the creation and curation of contemporary art in the public realm from the 1960s to present day through the work of a range of artists from Allan Kaprow, Border Arts Workshop, Adrian Piper, Group Material, Suzanne Lacy and Mel Chin to Wafaa Bilal, Blast Theory, Andrea Fraser, Jeanne van Heeswijk, Pablo Helguera, Ultra-red and more. The class will address the various ways that curators, organizations and funders work to bring together artists and audiences in the public realm by looking at the work of curator Mary Jane Jacob and her landmark project “Culture in Action”, Okwui Enwezor’s Documenta 11 as well as the long term work of Creative Time, the Queens Museum and Appal Shop.

Core areas of investigation include projects that emerge from situation, circumstance and event, models for public engagement including social practice, institutional critique, cross sector collaborations with urban planning, architecture and design as well as engaging controversy and managing conflict.

“Rules of Engagement” is intended for those interested in considering an expanded field of roles to be played in the contemporary art world within and beyond of the highly visible international art market. Class time will be devoted to lectures, screenings, discussions of weekly readings, as well as both team-based and individual presentations.

Prerequisites: Previous art history or philosophy. Permission of the instructor.
Credits: 4
T 2:10pm - 6:00pm
Maximum Enrollment: 10
Course Frequency:
This course is categorized as All courses, Four Credit, Updates, 4000, Art History, Visual Arts (VA), Carol Stakenas.