School Watch

The Cooper Union School of Art: More Than a Model of Free Education

by Nicholas Chittenden Morgan

When students in the Cooper Union’s School of Art arrive for their freshman year, they know that at the end of their time in the program, four years later, they will present a senior show. This exhibition serves as a capstone to their time at Cooper and an opportunity to announce a first version of their artistic voice to the larger world. Students follow different models, from the mini-retrospective to an exhibition of brand-new work; sometimes the work shown emerges from a specific course, while in other cases it has never been seen by a faculty member. Adding to the [...] read more

Video School

Melanie Gilligan: Popular Unrest & Other Works

This trailer from Spectacle Theater introduces three video series by artist Melanie Gilligan, Crisis in the Credit System (2008), Self-Capital (2009), and Popular Unrest (2010). Gilligan’s episodic dramas, inspired by the genre conventions of contemporary prime time and cable television, shed light on the visceral abstractions that interact to produce the neoliberal subject—abstractions of the physical body, finance, and science, as well as the social abstractions of affect—maintaining it in precarious tension as ostensibly coherent and autonomous yet fractured and infinitely fissionable. The four-episode series Crisis in the Credit System, released just after the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers, suggests [...] read more

Michel Foucault: The Culture of the Self, first lecture (part 1 of 5)

In 1983, approximately a year before his death, French philosopher Michel Foucault delivered three lectures in English at the University of California, Berkeley, in which he traced the development of the idea of the self, or the individual subject, in Western culture. In the first of these lectures, “The Culture of the Self” (Reel 61 in the Foucault Archives at Berkeley), Foucault draws on ancient Greco-Roman traditions to consider technologies of the self and how they develop alongside and give rise to particular forms of subjectivity. An excellent question-and-answer session with Foucault, held the day after he delivered this lecture, [...] read more

Yearbook

Graduate School of Art 2016 MFA Thesis Exhibition

by Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University

In response to a complex world—shifting global cultures, rapidly evolving technologies, and environmental concerns—the Graduate School of Art offers a two-year, critically engaged studio program that provides a forum for collaboration and both discipline-specific and interdisciplinary study. The program provides a rigorous, experimental environment and intellectual foundation for student artists. In graduate seminars, students learn theory through the lens of studio practice, while a robust thesis seminar supports students in their writing and studio-related research. Our program brings nationally and internationally recognized artists, architects, historians, and critics to campus, who often provide students with one-on-one reviews of their work. The [...] read more

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