This course is a practicum concentrated on real-world engagement with artists, with a focus on the formats of the studio visit and the interview. Students conduct, document, and present studio visits and interviews with artists, with a view to accumulating a substantial body of knowledge about contemporary artistic practice.
Professor: Michele Carlson Convenes: Tue, 1–4 pm Location: Room GC12, CCA SF campus CCA Enrollment: Artists and Designers (CURPR-606)
This class positions exhibition-making as an interdisciplinary practice that lies at the heart of institutional design and programming. In addition to surveying the contemporary landscape of institutional structures, students will engage in the discourse around exhibition design and undertake collaborative, project-based opportunities to develop installation strategies, as well as consider techniques of visual and spatial design across all aspects of an exhibition’s manifestation, from display furniture and materials to the catalogue and publication.
Professor: Sara Dean Convenes: Mon, 12–3 pm CCA Enrollment: Exhibition Design (CURPR-615)
Global Art Worlds
Through selected readings and discussions, this seminar course includes critical analyses of artworks and exhibitions from late modernism to the present by artists and curators whose practices engage with questions of nation-state, immigration, and colonialism. The course includes close studies of recent editions of perennial exhibitions—such as documenta and Skulptur Projekte Münster—organized by institutions in the West with satellite or branch components in non-Western parts of the world. Overall, studies in this course seek to define an aesthetic of the colonial in contemporary artistic practices and exhibitions in order to consider the efficacy of critical positions within the context of globalized contemporary art and visual culture.
Professor: Christina Linden Convenes: Tue, 8:30–11:30 am CCA Enrollment: Global Art Worlds (CURPR-602)
Exhibition Project 2
In this second of a two-part seminar extending over both semesters of the second year of graduate studies in curatorial practice, students focus on the production and final realization of an exhibition and public program for presentation at CCA’s Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in April 2019. Having developed and refined much of the content during the first semester, this course concentrates on practicalities of form, design, communication, marketing, printed matter, and documentation related to their culminating thesis exhibition. Stewarded by the director of the course and the program’s curator-in-residence, students gain firsthand experience in both conceiving an exhibition and inserting it into the public realm.
Professor: James Voorhies Convenes: Wed, 12–2 pm, and by arrangement with professor CCA Enrollment: Exhibition Project 2 (CURPR-626)