Spring 2020 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Metz, Greg
Discipline and Number
ARTS 4310 Section 501
W Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Studies in Contemporary Exhibitions

Description of Course:

This course introduces the litany of operational responsibilities and creative directives of exhibition spaces ranging from non-traditional alternative spaces to gallery and museum formats. From distinguishing the variations of gallery venues to the specifics of developing and proposing exhibitions, public relations, artistic curating, director/ dealer/curatorial relationships and financing, this course explores behind the scenes activities of presenting art. Special guest presentations will provide professional insight reflecting various aspects of their gallery/art space enterprises. Hands on experience of art handling and preparation, hanging, lighting and design presentation of work will be an accompanying part of this course’s agenda. Students will be assigned special projects to assist with and will maintain a notebook as part of their grade evaluations.
Some Saturday field trips will be required (with advanced notice).
1. Students will investigate the diversity of gallery and museum venues through visitation and presentations.

2. Students will discuss with art professionals and curators the complexities of their institutions, business and their practices.

3. Students will actively participate in the curatorial process, installation design, lighting, registration and hanging of an exhibition.

4. Students will critique graduate proposal presentations based on practical analysis models and conceptual innovation criteria.

Required Texts:

There is no textbook for this course or materials needed.
There will be a series of readings, films, presentations with resource listings and handouts to accompany course programing

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

there are no pre-reqs for this course. Students will be expected to attend all classes and participate in scheduled field trips during class times.

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