Fall 2016

Belief as a Basis for Practice

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-302

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Cullen B. Washington (Section 01)


Humans have a constant quest to question who they are in relation to natural phenomena and disaster. Artists are a special breed on the cusp of answering these questions in dynamic ways. In this course, we will explore art movements that have coped with the aftermath of war, and others that have developed belief systems to understand how they fit in the world at large. The Dada Movement, Arte Povera, Abstract Expressionism, Bauhaus, and the Gutai art movements will be our focus. Through reading, class discussion, and open interpretation, the beliefs set forth by the writings of these movements will serve as an impetus for the creation of a small body of work.

Requisite:  ARHA 111 and ARHA 215 or equivalent.  Limited to 6 students. Fall semester. Visiting Artist-in-Residence Washington.

If Overenrolled: Priority to majors who have had more than one course in drawing, one course in painting, and at least one art history course.


Artistic Practice, Attention to Speaking


2020-21: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2016