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This fall, the Studio Art program will be offering a new course for both Graduate and Undergraduate students! Becoming Insect, an Advanced Sculpture course (Sculpture 2, 3, or Special Projects) will be taught by Professor Gregory Sholette on Tuesdays from 10 am – 1:50 pm in Klapper Hall room 284. Since this course will be cross-listed for different programs, students can find it in CUNYfirst under different numbers for their appropriate program of study.
ARTH 283/284/288 (code 54025/54055/54056) for undergraduate students
ARTH 728 (code 54039) for graduate students
Fusing project-based studio practice with individual research, this hybrid seminar explores the shifting line between contemporary art and social practice through the lens of what we consider the human and the non-human. By focusing on the figure of the insect as it appears in art, science, philosophy, and popular culture, students will develop collaborative projects that address one or more related topics including animal intelligence, networked technology, cyborg affectivity, and interventionist public art. Among the materials we will cover in class include sculpture by Louise Bourgeois, installations by Damien Hirst, tactical media interventions by Electronic Disturbance Theater, and a number of “giant bug” movies from the 1950s. We will also read selections from the theoretical books such as “Insect Media” by Jussi Parikka, watch excerpts from movies such as Them! and Starship Troopers, and listen to the sound of crickets used to defend a virgin forest in California by the Center of Tactical Media.
This fall, the Art History department will be offering a new course for both Graduate and Undergraduate students! Studies in the History of Art: Classical Mythology in Renaissance and Baroque Art will be taught by Professor Emeritus James Saslow on Wednesdays from 6:00-7:40pm in Klapper Hall room 404. Since this course will be cross-listed for different programs, students can find it in CUNYfirst under different numbers for their appropriate program of study.
ARTH 200 (code 62234) for undergraduate students*
ARTH 504 (code 62235) for MA Art History students
ARTH 7435 (code 62237) for MS Art Education students
This course will examine the myth and literature of classical antiquity as a popular source of subjects for the visual arts. Mythology was the Bible of the Greeks and Romans: stories of their gods, nymphs, and heroes. Although the Christian culture that revived interest in these ancient divinities no longer believed in them literally, Renaissance Europeans revered mythology as a source of moral education and idealized eroticism. We will survey illustrations of classical tales from the 15th to 17th century and the broad range of meaning that artists and patrons read into them. We will then examine how this widely familiar historical legacy survived in art well into the Modern era, in both traditional and avant-garde artists.
*As this will be an advanced course, undergraduate students must receive permission from Professor Saslow to enroll. Interested students can email him at James.Saslow@qc.cuny.edu
Dear Friends, Supporters, Comrades and Colleagues:
Another school year is now coming to an end and as promised I am keeping you up to date on what Social Practice Queens (SPQ) has been up to these past few months. Here are a few highlights:
Perhaps the most outstanding good news is that Queens College President Felix Matos granted us a rare, diversity “targeted hire” so that artist Chloë Bass (who was my sabbatical year substitute in 2016) is now a Full Time faculty in the Art Dept. (more about Chloë is here: CLICK). Active with BLM as well as an emerging performance and conceptual artist of note, Chloë brings a very high level of commitment and rigor to our art and social justice agenda.
SPQ was also the recipient of the first round of Social Justice grants from The Shelly & Donald Rubin Foundation, and was refunded again in the current year. We also received funding from the Vilcek Foundation to support non-US based students of which we have several including candidates from Iran, S. Korea, Ecuador, Kenya, and Bangladesh (See: SPQ STUDENTS). These funds also permitted us to hire graduating SPQ MFA student Jeff Kasper as our Administrative Assistant whose graduating exhibition researching the social and bodily experience of LGBTQI people of color may be one of the very best thesis shows I have see in my ten years at Queens College (Jeff Kasper: Intimate Distance) illustrated below:
Right after the horrific presidential (dis)orders banning people from certain nations SPQ launched a new, 2-semester long “Certificate in Critical Social Practice” that allowed recently graduated Iranian visa holder Setare S Arashloo to remain in the US. She is now our first certificate student. Its too soon to really gage the ultimate outcome of this initiative, though we have high hopes that it will really prove useful to the field of art and social justice. Please spread the word about the new degree.
Finally, Chloë, Jeff and I with the assistance of Paloma Checa-Gismero are now busy at work on a social art and justice textbook entitled ART AS SOCIAL ACTION which offers both a general introduction to the concept of socially engaged art, but also a series of illustrated concrete lesson plans for practical use in the classroom by educators at both the college and high school level that engage with such real-world issues as labor rights, environmental justice, urban policy, the rights of women and girls, inequality, migrant’s rights, Black Lives Matter, the rights of prisoner’s rights. Among the contributors to the book including among many others Mary Jane Jacob, Pablo Helguera, Pedro Lasch, Jaishri Abichandani, Beverly Naidus, Jen De los Reyes, Maureen Connor, Noah Fischer, Dipti Desi, and Daniel Tucker. We also have lesson plans from art and social justice practitioners in Ireland, England, Hong Kong, Mexico, Argentina, Russia and the Netherlands among other countries.
The Art Department celebrated another batch of successful graduates amongst the art displays in Klapper Hall today! Whether you got your Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree, whether you studied Studio Art, Art History, Design, or Art Education; the art department wishes all our graduates the very best! Check out some snapshots from the big day in the gallery below.
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