Making in Context
One semester: 3 studio credits
The processes that link personal narratives and their political contexts will be explored in this course. We will consider artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, R. B. Kitaj, Philip Guston, Allan Kaprow, Ana Mendieta, Glenn Ligon, and Marisol Escobar. Through them, we will investigate the relationship between the intimate and social experiences that inform our creative identities. Students will be introduced to a variety of processes that will encourage them to make thoughtful decisions as they work through an idea, as well as generate connections between their materials, their world and themselves. Although the primary objective will be to develop content, this course will also survey a range of traditional and contemporary techniques in both oil and acrylic painting, while exploring other ways of making, including collage, assemblage, installation and performance.