The Archive in Art (VA4216.02)

Liz Deschenes

This seven-week course is an introduction to the archive and how it has been central to artistic production of the 20th and 21st centuries. We will read Walter Benjamin’s Archive, Archive Fever: Uses of The Document in Contemporary Art, and conclude with The Big Archive. There will be lectures on how the archive exists in specific artists works. Students will be given short research assignments that will allow them to conclude the seminar with presentations of their own research.

Prerequisites: permission of the instructor. For registration please email Liz Deschenes at
Credits: 2
W 2:10pm- 6:00pm (second seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Course Frequency:
This course is categorized as All courses, Second Seven Week, Two Credit, 4000, Areas of Study, Wednesday Afternoons, Visual Arts (VA), Visual Arts, Liz Deschenes.