Conceptual art and the photograph (VA4114.02)

Liz Deschenes

Students will study how some of the “pioneers” of conceptualism utilized photography and impacted the next generation of image makers, often referred to as the pictures generation, by studying works and writing from two key exhibitions that were organized, in part, to reevaluate the careers of many artists, their works and contributions- “Light Years: Conceptual Art and the Photograph 1964-1977” and “The Pictures Generation 1974-84”, and how through the artists explorations, they (the conceptualists and then the pictures generation) changed the conversations around the discipline of photography. Students will be given assignments to implement some of their strategies into their own work, and will do research of their own choosing to further unveil how the photograph has been a mainstay for art that has questioned virtually every aspect of contemporary culture.

Prerequisites: permission of the instructor. For registration please email Liz Deschenes at
Credits: 2
Th 8:20am - 12:00pm (second seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Course Frequency:
This course is categorized as 4000, All courses, Areas of Study, Liz Deschenes, Monday and/or Thursday Mornings, Second Seven Week, Two Credit, Visual Arts, Visual Arts (VA).