My primary goal for this course is for us to enter into a discourse on the place that photography fits into contemporary culture. The discourse is more important than the product. Everywhere I look is Postmodern, just pay attention to it. Just learn how to look at it that way. My hope is to instill an appreciation for the current postmodern condition and the culture that it has generated or inspired.
Using examples from pop culture and a variety of other sources along with readings from academic and art journals, this course will situate the postmodern phenomenon into todays culture. PoMo went from the fringes of academia to popular culture in a relatively short time and we will use both theory and practice to attempt to understand postmodernism. We will focus particularly on the importance of photography and digital media in postmodern practice. There will be a number of assignments, both studio and written, to help understand the postmodern condition that we live in today. We will view slides, see movies, go to musems and galleries and read from a variety of sources.
The course will deconstruct modernism's myths. We will begin with the split in modernism between Duchamp and Picasso. We will look at collage/montage and the variety of isms that modern art went through. A broad range of subjects including originality, authorship, appropriation, performance art, and installation will be introduced during the semester.
Textbook: Art After Modernism
will be quite a few readings for discussion in class Required
Midterm Assignment - Create an alternate identity for yourself. This will be group graded. eg Rrose Selavy - think of siblings, parents, extended family, sexuality, This identity should be fully developed. You might act it out or somehow provide evidence that this person exists
Final assignment is open and up to you. You must specify the assignment in writing. The self assignment is due one month before the final class.
Final Research paper - 5-10 page research paper demonstrating your understanding of the postmodern condition. This is not a biography of a specific artist although you could base it on a specific artist's strategy
and the readymade- Forever the future
Assignment bring in a readymade
modernism - then deconstructing it
Aaron Siskind as the quintessential modernist photographer
Survey of pomo artists
Assignment - Write a Manifesto or make a list of Myths about modernism
Reading- The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical reproduction and The Originality of the Avante Garde and other modernist myths by Rosalind Krauss
and other modernist myths -
Assignment - Create a piece where there is no original
Reading: Photography after Art Photography by Abigail Solomon-Godeau
Art and Politics Montage, Hans Haacke, Kruger, Projections onto buidings
Create a marketable product from your work e.g. Kruger, Holzer, Wegman
|Session 5||Mapping gaming and play||
Mapping project Put yourself in the center of the map and situate yourself in the system or develop a system of artmaking
Reading: Baudrillard - Simulacra and Simulation
|Session 6||The Spectacle Cinema and postmodernism The Cell, Yaley photographers, Brazil, Mathew Barneys Cremaster series||Your alternate Identities are due next week|
|Session 7||Midterm Identities due. Critique||
Assignment Utilize Irony, camp or Kitsch in a work
Reading: Susan Sontag - Notes on Camp
Eduardo Kac especially
Assignment Video Self portrait
Reading: NY Times articles on Schnabel, Crewdson, Photography market prices, additional Reading: Watch The Man in the moon Andy Kaufman
Conceptual Art and Performance
Discuus Boggs, Sophie Calle, Jeff Wall vs. Gregory Crewdson, Gilbert and George, Beuys, Andy Kaufman The Man in the moon, Cindy Sherman, Duane Michals, Nikki S Lee, Sol Lewitt...
reading: the Dematerialization of the art object
Make something that references something in popular culture but doesnt use it.
Reading: Look at Sensation Catalog on reserve in Library also from Tate magazine on museums
YBAs and Anselm Kiefer
cool vs hot pomo eg Kiefer and Julian Schnabel vs koons and Bechers
The role of the museum
FINAL Self assignment proposals Due to me in written form next session
Reading: Watch Blade Runner or Until the End of the World or 9 Monkeys or Brazil
Collage/ Montage and digital media
Final Project proposals Due
Address the Dematerailization of the body in the cyber age and its re-emergence in art
Reading: The Photographic activity of Postmodernism by Douglas Crimp and watch The Cell
Discuss Crimp article
and the shocking
pomo cocktail talk... After PoMo?
Create a conceptual piece without physical form (or a system) that can be applied to commercial products
|Session 13||Collaborative Project due|
|Session 14||Review Week|
Critique The final is a self-directed assignment.
but not requirements, for Final Project:
Curatorial assignment Proposal for an exhibition (could be online)
Content of gender, ethnicity or sexual specific
Site specific proposal
Make a piece that addresses narrative
Artists and merchandising
Curating as art Nontraditional curating eg Tate in London does not organize work by chronology but instead by concept Nontraditional exhibition spaces breaking out of the gallery/museum
Everything has already been done
Hacking the gene pool and technology and art Glowing bunny Edwardo Kac www.ekac.org
Art and Text- - Kruger, "Reading" a painting cow reviewing painting, Michals
Group of images vs the single image eg ansel vs. the ballad of sexual dependency and duane michals and carrie Mae Weems
A few lists
Pop- Warhol, Beatles create a product for marketing based on your work
criticism as art
Effect of cinema on Photography
Nihilism of Nan Goldin
High art vs. low art and the blending of the two
Beauty Does it matter
The myths of modernism - Reductivism, The ego, Macho, masculine
* The Postmodernism Generator
* Noam Chomsky on Postmodernism
* ``How to Talk Postmodern''
* Alan Sokal; ``Transgressing the Boundaries''