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Instructor Info:Michele Cohen
Julia Vogl
Term: 2013J
Meeting Info: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10:00 AM - 03:00 PM Arts Barn STUDIO 2
10:00 AM - 03:00 PM Arts Barn STUDIO 2
10:00 AM - 03:00 PM Arts Barn STUDIO 2
10:00 AM - 03:00 PM Arts Barn STUDIO 2
10:00 AM - 03:00 PM Arts Barn STUDIO 2
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 221
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 221
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 221
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 221
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 221
Description: What is public art, its history, and how has it changed? This introductory course investigates the history and contemporary practice of public art in the USA and UK. Designed for the historian and artist, this course explores public art from multiple perspectives: history, theory and practice. Topics of study include memorials, Progressive era murals, patronage, the New Deal, collaboration, and civic engagement. Through readings, class presentations, and hands-on projects, we will begin to define "the public," consider the role of the artist in the community, investigate the connections between public art and civic life, and develop a critical language to evaluate public art. We will research controversies, such as "Tilted Arc," and analyze texts by art critics, including Patricia Phillips, who have probed the boundaries of an evolving public art. Students will develop a proposal, make an oral presentation, and/or create an individual or group public art project.