Matter and Materiality: Introduction to Sculpture

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Matter and Materiality

Fall 2019

Taught By: Jessica Vaughn

Section: A

CRN: 3068

Credits: 4

How can theories of materiality help us think through the matter of sculpture? How does form emerge from the informal? This course will consider the productive capacity of space and time including conceptions of the khora, the informal, and the collective commons as a site for the emanation of form in three and four dimensions. We will begin our study with ancient art objects and proceed through contemporary sculptural works, with specific focus on material concerns: process and technique, questions of site and context, the aesthetics of objects and objecthood, and the scale of an object’s relation to and in the body. This course will survey sculpture in its traditional sense as well as in the expanded field of sculpture where matter can range from sound objects to internet-based works that are sometimes considered ‘immaterial’. We will also engage traditional processes, alongside skill sets employed after the Readymade—practices generally referred to as ‘deskilling’. This course seeks to collectively make conversant forms for thinking through and with the informal; it will be a mix of theoretical readings and hands-on studio investigation. There are no prerequisites for this course. This course also fulfills a studio or practice-based visual arts course requirement for Visual Studies students.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 9:56am 8/24/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:40pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 904

Date Range: 8/26/2019 - 12/16/2019