Art 404 Art in Public Places
Monday and Wednesday 4:00pm - 6:45pm CFA room 207
-Professor Joseph DeLappe Office Hours MW 11am – 12:45pm CFA 158 784-6624 firstname.lastname@example.org
-Erika Harrsch SOTA Visiting Artist in Residence
Office Hours MW 11am – 1:00pm JTB 114
Art 404 R Art in Public Places
Lecture + Lab: (1 + 5); 3 Credits Exploration of the production of works which incorporate placement in non-traditional sites or interaction with non- traditional audiences. Maximum 6 credits. (Formerly ART 462; implemented Fall 2003.) Prerequisite(s): 12 credits studio art.
The accepted conditions for the exhibition of modern and contemporary art remains the "White Box" gallery or museum. In this course, we will be considering alternative strategies for the creation, display and dissemination of contemporary art that seeks to engage the public in everyday contexts. Through a series of readings, discussions, brainstorming sessions project experiments and critiques, students will engage in an active learning environment towards developing critical understanding and crucial on the ground experience engaging in public art in the community. The course will explore a wide range of alternatives for the contemporary artist that lie outside of the museum and gallery system. This offering of Art 404 Art in Public Places will have a specific emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration and community engagement.
This course will broadly explore a variety of possibilities for engaging the notion of “Art in Public Places". This will include the exploration of the myriad of creative strategies employed by contemporary artists to engage the public. Topics and projects will include but not be limited to: "monumental public art", "street art", "graffitti", "social media", "the internet as a public space", "art and activism", "art as public service", "community interaction", etc.
The course will meet for twice weekly. Class time will be devoted to lectures, demonstrations, reading discussions, field work, productions sessions and critiques. Students are required to work at minimum an additional 6 hours per week of work outside of the scheduled class times (studio production, reading assignments, etc.)
1) Attendance is mandatory at all scheduled class meetings. More than three unexcused absences will affect your final grade. Please arrive on time and prepared to participate in all course activities.
2) Participation in all class critiques, reading discussions and brainstorming sessions is expected and mandatory.
3) You will receive a written evaluation and letter grade and feedback for each completed project assignment.
4) Required Outside Lectures/Exhibitions/Events: Each student is required to attend two approved lectures and two outside exhibition/performance/film-screenings, these are regularly announced in class. We will provide you with a list of approved events both on campus and off. You are required to write a one to two page critical summary of each event and two questions to ask the speaker (extra credit will be given to those who actually ask their question at the event!).
5) Required Film Screening Event:
“If You Build”
Nevada Museum of Art, Thursday, February 13th 6pm to 8pm
-Reading assignments will be both online and in the form of various Xeroxed articles.
These will be determined as the course progresses. There is no lab fee for this course. As such all project expenses will be met by the individual student. One should be prepared to spend between $25-$75 on materials for this course.
Students will be graded according to how well their projects reflect an understanding and a willingness to experiment with the techniques, issues and practices covered in class.
•Grades for the critiques based on quality of work, collaborative engagement, evidence of time spent, attainment of project goals, articulation of processes, responses to others work, etc.
•Grades for projects based upon creativity, innovation, excellence, finished nature of project, original thought, conceptual properties, and execution.
•Grades for the class blog based on participation.
•In class participation grades based upon attendance, notes required for medical excuses.
•Grades on reviews based on clarity of description of event, concise (1-2 pg) critique and analysis, original thoughts and responses.
•70% Studio Projects (collaboration/participation/group projects) - 700 pts
•10% Attendance. - 100 pts (28 class meetings weeks x 4 pts per week)
•10% Class Blog – 100 pts
•10% Written lecture and exhibition reviews. - 100 pts ( 4 reviews x 25 pts ea)
total points: 1000
A = 1000-900
B = 899-800
C = 799-700
D = 699-600
F = 599-000
We will meet with each of you individually at the midterm to discuss your progress in the course.
The “+” and “-“ system will be used for grading. http://www.unr.edu/provost/curriculum-central/curricula-forms-and-guidelines/syllabus-guidelines/nshe-grading-policy
•Students will have demonstrable skills involved in creative problem solving, critical thinking, group interaction and collaboration.
•Students will gain an advanced level of thinking of a Post-studio era where artists pursue their practice by engaging an idea, then developing a plan that involves collaboration, combination of media, technologies and techniques.
•Students will have a broad, experiential opportunity to develop their ability to create and be able to produce artworks employing traditional and nontraditional tools and media in nontraditional settings.
•Students will learn to participate in the practice of being contemporary artists as they invent and expand their capabilities working with collaborative and community based practices.
•Students will develop a proficiency in writing about their creative practice and others while learning best practices for basic website/blog development.
•Students will have evidence of their proficiency in their work. This will be through final critiques and through the public exhibition and engagement with individual and group, collaborative projects.
Policy on Academic Dishonesty:
"Cheating, plagiarism or otherwise obtaining grades under false pretenses" constitute academic dishonesty according to the code of this university. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and penalties can include canceling a student's enrollment without a grade, giving an F for the course or for the assignment. For more details, see the University General Catalog.
Policy on Disability:
If you have a disability and will be requiring assistance, please contact me or the Disability Resource Center (Thompson Building Suite 100) as soon as possible to arrange for appropriate accommodations.
Academic Success Services: Your student fees cover usage of the Math Center (784-4433 or www.unr.edu/mathcenter/), Tutoring Center (784-6801 or www.unr.edu/tutoring/), and University Writing Center (784-6030 or http://www.unr.edu/writing_center/. These centers support your classroom learning; it is your responsibility to take advantage of their services. Keep in mind that seeking help outside of class is the sign of a responsible and successful student.
Statement on Audio and Video Recording:
“Surreptitious or covert video-taping of class or unauthorized audio recording of class is prohibited by law and by Board of Regents policy. This class may be videotaped or audio recorded only with the written permission of the instructor. In order to accommodate students with disabilities, some students may be given permission to record class lectures and discussions. Therefore, students should understand that their comments during class may be recorded.”