Once every ten years, three major European exhibitions of contemporary art—Documenta 14, the Venice Biennale, the Münster Sculpture Project—coincide. The Class will be visiting each exhibition and studying the exhibitions and work in person, as it is installed at each site in Athens, Greece; Venice, Italy; Kassel and Münster, Germany.
Class sessions will alternate between small groups and plenary meetings of the entire group, led by the two instructors, Emily Puthoff (Art) and Beth E. Wilson (Art History). Visits will include guided tours of the exhibitions, and class meetings with members of the curatorial staff in order to learn more about the numerous logistical and curatorial decisions ‘behind the scenes’ of the three shows.
Students will enhance their understanding of the major ideas and themes in contemporary art through direct observation and encounters with the work in these three exhibitions, and through guided group discussions throughout the trip. Emphasis will be placed on the curatorial ideas expressed through the organization of the exhibitions, which is intended to inform the practice of studio artists, as well as offer art history students an opportunity to understand the critical issues addressed in curatorial practice.
All students will be required to keep a journal of their experiences and to submit comment cards of their observations and reflections throughout the trip, which will be collected periodically for review by the instructors. In addition, students will be responsible for completing a series of readings connected with the exhibitions, and with broader issues in contemporary art, and coming to class prepared to discuss both the assigned readings and the work at hand. Near the conclusion of the trip, students will write a short essay summarizing aspects of the trip, as assigned by the instructors. At the conclusion of the trip, students will be required to complete a final project, based on the knowledge and experience gained on the trip. Students seeking studio art credit for the course will execute a substantial artwork (in any medium); art history students will create a detailed curatorial proposal (in PowerPoint or other format) for a significant exhibition of contemporary art, including specific art and/or artists, accompanied by a thoughtful curatorial rationale. These final projects will be presented to the group at two sessions conducted on Friday afternoons (dates tba) at the beginning of the Fall semester on campus at SUNY New Paltz. (We will find means to accommodate students from other campuses for these sessions via electronic or videoconferencing arrangements.)
|June 13-14||Travel to Athens|
|June 14-19||Documenta 14 in Athens|
|June 19||Flight to Venice|
|June 19-25||Venice Biennale|
|June 25-26||Overnight train Venice to Kassel|
|June 26-July 1||Documenta 14 in Kassel|
|July 1||Train to Münster|
|July 1-6||Münster Sculpture Project|
Early in the Fall 2017 semester: Two class meetings for presentations and discussion of artwork/curatorial projects created in response to the trip.
Three (3) to six (6) undergraduate or graduate level credits may be earned in this program. Graduate students are expected to work at an advanced level. Students may take the course for three credits of art studio and three credits of art history, or six credits of either, with permission of the instructors.
Students will be responsible for their own airfare to and from Europe, and their own food. The program fee (not yet finalized, but approximately $3,000) covers in-country transportation, lodging, and museum admissions throughout the trip. In addition to the applicable tuition, there is a $300 administrative fee charged by International Programs.
Beth E. Wilson (Lecturer, Art History) is the Faculty Director of the program. Interested students may contact Professor Wilson via e-mail: email@example.com
Emily Puthoff, (Associate Professor, Sculpture Program Head), will be teaching the Art studio portion of the program. She may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Application deadline is March 1, 2017. Space is limited to the first 20 qualified students, who will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.
The application process is initiated on-line through:
Trisha Brown, Floor of the Forest, 1970/2007, Documenta 12, Museum Fridericianum
Go On-Site next summer on a Grand Tour to three major European art exhibitions in four cities! Interested students will meet with Professors Beth Wilson (Lecturer, Art History) and Emily Puthoff (Sculpture Program Head, Art), who will present detailed information on this exciting program.
Summer 2017 will be the second time Professors Wilson and Puthoff will bring students to these events in Europe; once every ten years, Documenta 14, the Venice Biennale, and the Münster Sculpture Project coincide. The Class will be visiting each exhibition and studying the exhibitions and work in person, as it is installed at each site in Athens, Greece; Venice, Italy; Kassel and Münster, Germany.