|Instructor Info:||Karen Koehler|
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This pro-seminar will give students the opportunity to develop an in-depth, independent research paper on a woman artist, architect, or designer working in the 20th or 21st century-from any place or region of the world. The course will begin by collectively considering the work of modernist, post-war, and contemporary women artists who are known for their experimentation and for working in multiple modalities-including painting, sculpture, performance, installation, books arts, video, film, photography, architecture and design. Throughout, we will target the ways in which women artists have crossed or defied traditional formats and delivery platforms, as well as those today who work in multifaceted mediatic interfaces. Visiting scholars will demonstrate the ways in which case studies can enable rigorous formal analysis, complex historical contextualizations, and diverse critical approaches. Each student will produce a lengthy research paper, which they will develop, workshop, and present throughout the semester. Open to Division II or III students, or Five College sophomore, juniors or seniors. A foundational course in women's studies, history or the history of art is highly recommended. This course will be meet at Hampshire and at the Five College Women's Studies Resource Center.
There is one book that you need to purchase at Amherst Books: Modern Women: Women at The Museum of Modern Art. This groundbreaking exhibition catalogue from 2010 represents a wide variety of artists and has essays by many of the leading feminist art historians and critics, as well as essays that address a variety of mediums and theoretical issues. It will be invaluable to you as begin to search for your how to position the work of your artist.
A few other readings will be available on the course moodle page.
There will be an open reserve shelf in the library devoted to books on women artists, feminist art history/criticism, & art and gender studies. This will be an important resource for you to help you select an artist, construct a research strategy, and develop your approach.
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