Positionality and Time (PAI4419.01)

Annette Lawrence

A course that begins with defining the words positionality and time. Once defined we will examine the relationship between positionality and time through the history of painting. Class exercises will include researching art works through the lens of positionality and time, presenting on individual findings, and making paintings in response to or informed by the research. Examples of possible inquiries can be: what kind of calendar does this painting invoke, what social position does this sculpture suggest, what temporality does this drawing engage?


Learning Outcomes:
Students will gain a broader understanding of the relationship between positionality and time in their own work.

Students will see how the relationship between positionality and time shapes their view of historical and contemporary works of art.

Students' work will advance over the course of the term through practice and critique.


Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: This 4000 level course is open to students who have completed at least four credits of previous work in drawing/painting, and at least two other 4 credit Visual Art courses. Students should submit a one-paragraph, written application outlining their previous experiences in visual art at Bennington, as well as how this course relates to and supports their Plan of Study. Enrollment priority will be given to juniors and seniors who have shown through previous courses, their ability to succeed at an advanced level, and their ability to show sufficient initiative when working independently. Please note: Faculty in painting and drawing will work collaboratively in consultation with one another in an effort to appropriately distribute enrollment in 4000 level painting and drawing courses. Applications should be submitted to annettelawrence@bennington.edu with the subject heading “Positionality and Time” before November 12, 2021.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
F 8:30AM - 12:10PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: All courses , Painting , Fully In-Person
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