Architecture without Architect: Art and Politics of the Built Environment From Marfa, TX

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Architecture without Architect

Fall 2021

Taught By: Alan Ruiz

Section: A

CRN: 3070

Credits: 4

Taught on-line via faculty on location at Marfa, Texas, this course will explore historical, sociopolitical, and formal facets of architecture as they intersect with disciplines of art history and visual studies, performance, and dance since the early 20th century. In the 1970s, minimalist sculptor Donald Judd purchased 340 acres of land and several former military buildings in order to establish the permanent installation of his works under complete artistic control. Today, Marfa (population 1800), only 60 miles east of the Mexico border, is a world renowned destination of art tourism, suggesting that art is part of its infrastructure. As this course takes up the relation between art and the built environment, we will consider the dialectical relation between art that both becomes enshrined with and takes flight from the ongoing practices of urban renewal, or what Hal Foster has called the “art-architecture complex”. Combining seminars, online lectures, and digital studio practice, we will investigate ways of considering the built environment as a reflection and container of visual and material culture, as well as the socio-political dynamics it crystallizes. Using tools of architectural representation such as Rhinoceros and vector-based drawing platforms, students will experiment with methods of collaborative design. Students will be introduced to a range of readings including architectural theory, artist's writings, and criticism. Together we will explore a number of sites in which the concept of architecture and the built environment is reframed or rethought by an array of spatial practitioners. After the first week of the semester, permission of the instructor will be required in order to register for this course.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* 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: 2:27pm 10/16/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: Online Course

Room: 999

Date Range: 8/31/2021 - 12/16/2021