Fall 2016 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
HUAS 6315: The Material Lives of Artworks
Dr. Sarah Kozlowski
The Edith Oâ€™Donnell Institute of Art History
How does an artistic materialâ€™s physical and visual properties, techniques of facture, and cultural significance shape the meaning of an artwork? Based at the Dallas Museum of Art and at collections throughout Dallas and Fort Worth, this graduate seminar explores the history of artistic materials and techniques and asks how materials and the act of making create meaning.
Each seminar meeting will focus on a single medium (silver, ceramic, or paint, for example), and will combine close visual and physical analysis of artworks, conversations with scholars, curators, and conservators, and readings in both artistsâ€™ writings and recent art historical literature. As a final project each student will design a proposal for an exhibition that explores a single material or technique across space, time, and culture.
Most of our class time will be spent on-site with artworks, in conversation with each other and with guest curators and scholars. Your participation is key: I encourage active and collegial engagement in class discussions, and demonstration of your curiosity and dedication to our work.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Attendance at every class meeting
Active, collegial participation in class discussions
A ten-minute presentation of the proposal for the final project, with accompanying written and visual materials (October 7)
A twenty-minute presentation on the final project, with accompanying written and visual materials (December 2)
Final project: an exhibition proposal comprising overview, checklist, high-quality images, installation design, introductory text and label texts, bibliography (due December 9)