Fall 2010 Curriculum
This class encourages students to examine how art, fashion and media intersect and how they influence our daily lives. Fashion has always been an important part of adolescent identity. Through media and technology young adults are immersed in consumer culture but often do make connections or critically examine these influences in relation to their own experiences, choices, and habits. Over the years fashion and art have become increasingly intertwined. Top luxury brands and stylists hire artists to design their websites, develop their store concepts and showrooms, and contribute to their publications (Mullin 2008). In turn, artists refer to fashion and adopt related visual strategies to comment on social issues such as consumerism, sweatshop labor, and transnational capitalism.
In this class, students will be encourage to question the differences and similarities between street art, activist art, and public art more broadly. As a class, we will explore how different New York City neighborhoods reflect a wide range of public art forms and messages and how technology is changing the terms and possibilities for public art, including graffiti and tagging. Students will experiment with different public art forms and media as well as document the public installation of their work.
The class is divided into three sections that provide students with a structure to produce their own humorous artworks using diverse strategies: text and image, scale, and visual metaphor. Each of these strategies rely on some form of juxtaposition to create new meaning from specific images, objects, or ideas. Students are encouraged through guided brainstorming to use their artwork to voice social critique. After practicing making humorous artwork that employ text and image, scale, and visual metaphor, students are then free to work however they choose to produce a socially conscious work of humorous art for the final exhibition.
In this class students take a closer look at images produced by law enforcement agencies, the media, and the scientific community and the messages they convey. Students will be introduced to contemporary artists who reference and reclaim the messages embedded in body representations and will offers students an opportunity to investigate, reclaim or rewrite messages about the body in their own artwork.