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CIA Exhibition: Feb 13, 2015

69th Annual Student Independent Exhibition

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Liberal Arts Courses

Issues in 20th & 21st Century Art

Course No. ACD 380X  Credits: 3.0
Faculty José Carlos Teixeira

This joint course between CIA and CWRU will revolve around the main issues and questions of late 20th and 21st century art, namely:

  • What is Contemporary? Possible definitions and conceptual revisions.
  • Theory versus Praxis, or a more combined Art & Research model?
  • Art as a thinking process | Thinking as a creative process (following the contemporary, and truly trans-historical model: “art as research” and “research as art”)
  • The dynamic inter-relationship of different media, and fields of study (as in installation art, and Krauss's "post-medium condition").
  • The anxiety of interdisciplinarity (an inquiry and examination of the efforts, as well as the resistance, towards such approach).
Artists, for the most part, no longer define themselves as medium-specific, but primarily as visual artists and researchers. Fluidity among media is currently explored in a philosophical and artistic positioning that regards indeterminacy, uncertainty, and even ambiguity as positive and productive values.

Inter/Cross/Trans/Multi are, therefore, welcomed prefixes and defining elements of an artistic discourse that aims at moving beyond established categories.
Interdisciplinarity involves the combining of two or more disciplines into one activity, and it entails creating something new by crossing or thinking across boundaries. This might generate a sense of anxiety, which reflects the territorialization quite prevalent in academic and artistic arenas.

More than specifically or strictly answering these main questions, the course will attempt to open channels for exchange, debate, and discussion, raising awareness about the most relevant and pressing issues in the 21st Century Art.

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José Carlos Teixeira

José Carlos Teixeira

Champney Family Professor of Art

José Carlos Teixeira is currently the Champney Family Visiting Professor at Case Western Reserve Univer...more

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