Installation Art

April 28, 2009

ARTH 4929-003
Tuesdays and Thursdays 11-12.15

The days of the competition between painting and sculpture are long gone. In the 20th century, other media were introduced; installation is one of them. Although there are various predecessors (Schwitters and Tatlin) in the early 20th century, this new artform became almost predominant in the 1960s, pushing the object into a presentation that emphasized the experience of the viewer almost more than the making by the artist.

We will look at these early forms of installations but then focus on more contemporary works including very recent ones that push the viewer’s role again, this time from experience into participation.

We will also include a close look – an experience, if you will – on an exhibition that will be on show at the Denver Art Museum in the fall: Embrace! 18 artists will develop a site-specific installation for the Libeskind architecture.

If you want to familiarize yourself with the subject in advance, this is the recommended textbook:

Claire Bishop, Installation Art. A Critical History, Routledge, 2005

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