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2022 Spring


Tony Ozuna
For information about registration please contact our admissions.

This course is an introduction to arts writing by taking advantage of the rich cultural life of Prague. There will be a focus on the temporary art exhibitions,
not necessarily only contemporary art. Experimental theatre and film will also be integrated as interdisciplinary forms in contemporary art. This is so that we take advantage of the numerous cultural festivals in the city, particularly for film or theatre. An understanding and appreciation of the role of cultural organizations and institutions will be emphasized, and so students will also be given the opportunity to meet with representatives of cultural organizations. Field trips to galleries, exhibits and other cultural events in Prague will be an integral component of the course. This activity will be combined with discussions of assigned readings from seminal to contemporary cultural critics and journalists.The primary reading is "How to Write About Contemporary Art" by Gilda Williams (available a the Library). Students will hopefully publish an essay or review in online publications based in Prague, or beyond.

Here is the course outline:

1. There is no single 'best' way to write about art

Feb 10

Introduction to the many forms of arts writing. Site Visit: Umprum Museum

2. Blackness

Feb 17

Topic: Catalogue text about Black artists (with exhibit)

3. Czech art in political perspectives

Feb 24

Topic: Czech art in political perspectives Site Visit: Museum Kampa

4. Electricity in Art

Mar 3

Topic: 100 years of Electricity in Art Description: new exhibition space in Mala Strana Site visit: Kunsthalle in Prague

5. The Buddha Up Close

Mar 10

Topic: Buddhism in Art Description: The Buddha Up Close exhibition Site visit: Wallenstein Riding School

6. Alena Foustkova & Mask

Mar 17

Topic: Visit to Galerie Havelka for meeting with Alena Foustkova; visit to Josef Sudek Atelier for the exhibit Mask

7. Chalupecky

Mar 24

Site visits: Prague Municipal Gallery "Exhibition on Chalupecky

8. Mid-term break

Mar 31

there is no meeting on this week

9. Great expectations

Apr 7

Topic: visit to Dox for exhibition Great Expectations on this date

10. Post-Digital Intimacy

Apr 14

Topic: contemporary art scene Description: Post-Digital Intimacy exhibition - international group show Site Visit: Trade Fair Palace

11. Bedrich Feuerstein

Apr 21

Topic: Bedrich Feuerstein Description: Czech architect who lived, worked in Paris & Tokyo Site visit: National Technical Museum

12. Heroin Crystal

Apr 28

Exhibition Heroin Crystal-Czech art in the 1990s

13. Week 13-Art on Film

May 5

Topic: Film Reviews Art on Film in international film festivals

14. Final Visits

May 12

Topic: Final visits for the course - TBA Description: Final excursions for the short final article/assignment

15. Final Exams week

May 19

no group meeting, only time for last minute consultations.

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