Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Final Paper - The Studio Visit...

Imagined Studio Visit with Three Authors...
This is a creative academic paper to imagine a studio visit with three of the authors whom we have read over the course of this semester.  Choose three writers to whom you would desire to have a critique and conversation – imagine this meeting taking place in your studio or work space in consideration of your creative practice.  You may choose to have them dialogue with you regarding one work, a series, or group of works.  Choose carefully to gather a group of writers/artists who will potentially present you with the greatest challenge in terms of how they might speak about your work, engage in disagreements with you or each other, provide useful critique of your creative practice, support your ideas, etc. 

Create speculative dialogue and use direct quotes where sensible (that said, please try not to use whole paragraphs of quotations to fill space!).  This type of speculative exercise provides you with great challenges in how to both represent your understanding of the chosen author's words and ideas while at the same time effectively describing and contextualizing your own creative practice.

Be creative!  2500-3000 words.  Use citations where appropriate.  Please post this to your BLOG when complete - use illustrations please!  (photographs of your works, videos, photos of the authors, photos of other artist's works the writers might reference in discussion your work, etc).  Have fun with this one yet be very serious at the same time! 

You will be graded on the following:
* organization
* focus
* creativity
* critical thinking
* original thinking
* use of readings
* logic
* appropriate mode of structure and analysis (e.g., comparison, argument)
* format
Please use the MLA or Chicago Manual Style for citations. 
Due Date is Monday, December 9th, 5pm in Print and Posted to your blog!

Reading/Book List:  MFA Seminar, DeLappe, Fall 2013

August 28th (Please read this PRIOR to attending our first class meeting on this date!)
-The Flame Throwers – A Novel, 2013, Rachel Kushner, Scribner

September 4th
-The Railway Journey: The Industrialization and Perception of Time and Space, 1987, by Wolfgang Schivelbusch

September 11th
-Wanderlust: A History of Walking, 2001, 
by Rebecca Solnit

September 18th
-The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, Walter Benjamin (online)

September 25th
-The Allegory of the Cave, Plato (online)
-Simulations, 1983, Jean Bauldrillard 

October 2nd
-The Society of the Spectacle, 2000, Guy Debord

October 9th
-Essays on the Blurring of Art and Life, 2003, Allan Kaprow

October 16th
-Inside the White Cube: The Ideology of the Gallery Space, 1986, Brian O'Doherty

October 23rd
-Why Are There No Famous Women Artists? (Xeroxed excerpt from the book Women, Art and Power), 1971, Linda Nochlin, watch “Women, Art, Revolution” on reserve at the KC.

October 30th
-Seven Days in the Art World, Sarah Thorton, 2009, W. W. Norton & Company

November 6th
Screen Three Films on Artists on reserve in the KC (TBD).  Reading handout (TBD) for class discussion

November 13th
The Reenchantment of Art, 1995, Suzi Gablik, Thames and Hudson

November 20th
-Relational Aesthetics, 1998, Nicolas Bourriaud

November 21st
-Regarding the Pain of Others, 2004. Susan Sontag

For some helpful advice on writing about art - I did a google search on "how to write about art" and found numerous sources that I would encourage you to explore!  You will find some great resources from Hunter College, NY, the University of Iowa, etc.  Please do your own google search and explore!  Also, don't forget, we have the Writing Center on campus here at UNR - this is a resource available to you, use it!

I stumbled upon this earlier today, take a look: