Installation as Art

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Installation as Art

Spring 2019

Taught By: Kevin Lotery

Section: A

CRN: 7817

Credits: 4

This course examines the history of installation as an artistic practice. Our discussions will be based on the assumption that installation art is an inherently cross-disciplinary form, as mush artistic and architectural as theatrical and mediatic. Special attention will be paid to issues of spectatorship and the relation of installation to other forms of art making and spatial practice, including sculpture, architecture, scenographic work, exhibition design, and the construction of media spectacles. We will take a generous approach, isolating key case studies and concepts from the interwar avant-gardes to the present. The following figures will be among those we examine in detail: Marcel Duchamp, Kurt Schwitters, Yves Klein, Hélio Oiticica, Carolee Schneemann, Niki de Saint Phalle, Louise Bourgeois, Marcel Broodthaers, Chantal Akerman, David Hammons, Mike Kelley, Sarah Sze, Mika Rottenberg, Pierre Huyghe, Rachel Harrison, Steve McQueen, Xu Bing, Hito Steyerl, Anicka Yi, and Mark Leckey. Major questions of the course include the following: On what formal grounds can we conceptualize installation as an aesthetic medium? What are the relationships between installations and other artistic techniques, such as exhibition design, performance, or film? What forms of sociality and types of subjectivity are staged in installation environments? And finally, what is the relationship between the “curatorial” and the construction of installations? For Visual Studies majors, the course fulfills an Exhibitions as History foundational course requirement.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 19

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: 7:35pm 6/25/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 261

Date Range: 1/23/2019 - 5/13/2019