Artist as Curator: Exhibition as Medium and the Politics of Display (VA2244.01)

Anne Thompson

Artists throughout history have played signal roles in shifting the parameters around and definitions of exhibition making. This course surveys the various ways that artists working in and outside conventional structures have shaped art history and radicalized curatorial practice. Readings and assignments will cover artist groups and collaborative networks; artists who create the display context for their own production; museum and commercial interventions; the intersection of political and formal motivations for artist-led exhibitions; institutional critique in support of social justice; and current perspectives on the “parcuratorial,” or the practice of approaching the exhibition as a medium. Throughout the course, students will research and give presentations on historical and contemporary models, culminating in final projects in which they propose an exhibition of their own.


Learning Outcomes:
_understand how artists, as risk takers/rule breakers, have historically upended and transformed established structures
_engage new ideas and think critically via research presentations and peer feedback
_apply historical models to the creation of new projects


Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
M/Th 10:00AM - 11:50AM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 14
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

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