Spring 2016 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Metz, Greg
Discipline and Number
HUAS 6313 Section 501
W Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
The Business of the Arts

Description of Course:

Course Description: 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 species to the specifics of proposing exhibition ideas, public relations, artistic curating, director/ dealer/curator relationships and financing, this course explores the behind the scenes activity of creating and presenting an exhibition. Special guest presentations will provide professional insight reflecting various aspects of their gallery/art space enterprises. Hands on experience of art handling, hanging, lighting and presenting work will be an accompanying part of this course agenda. Off site visitations and participatory assisting will offer variations of these experiences. Students will do a written comparative analysis of their experiences and readings while maintaining a logbook. A final project of presenting an exhibition proposal will conclude the semester in lieu of a final. Some Saturday field trips will be required (with advanced notice).

Required Texts:

There is no textbook for this course. there will be various referential readings, videos and films assigned.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

There are off campus classes on our regularly scheduled class night that must be attended. Students will be asked to attend a few presentations and participatory events not scheduled at class time but will be given ample time to schedule those if possible. Regular Class attendance is an important factor in your grade.

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