Schedule 420- Fall 2016

Class meetings are on Mondays, from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM in Nabit 103 unless otherwise noted. Additional mandatory meetings for presentations and gallery events are also noted below.

Assignments are to be completed outside of formal class time, and prior to the date listed on the schedule. Students, as a group, are expected to fully participate in discussions and critiques resulting from and related to assignments.

Listings in orange are mandatory attendance

Sept 2 – Friday 4:30 PM Lauren Ruth – Opening Reception and Gallery Talk. Carlos Gallery.


Discuss: policies, web sites, tools and processes, co-curricular events, and comprehensive exam process.
Discuss Berger and Pasolini (see below)
Critique: new work, 30-minutes each
NOTE: Critique-able new work must be presented at each class meeting with Pradip Malde. Bring new or in-progress work to this class meeting

Read: John Berger, ‘The Chorus in Our Heads’ from Hold Everything Dear and watch the first section of Pasolini, ‘La Rabbia’ (also suggested that you read the liner notes )
Write: After reading Berge and viewing La Rabia, write a 1-page response to the idea that (paraphrasing Kafka) beauty is comfortless. email to Pradip by 1 PM, with subject header: 420 Pasolini
We will discuss this in class.

Sept. 12

Writing about work, what constitutes a written analysis as opposed to a written description. We will consider this with examples.

Critique: new work, 10-minutes each

Discussion of Reading: Christopher Bucklow, ‘Epilogue’, from What is in the Dwat: the universe of Guston’s final decade

Write: 1-page analytical piece about one work by either Christopher Bucklow or Philip Guston

Analytical writing about visual work:

  • Structural: write about the formal aspects of the work; describe the appearance and physical substance of the work in order to establish how the methods inform the experience; avoid emotive terminology
  • Cultural: write about any linkages that arise from your experience of the work and a broader cultural/historic frame of reference
  • Conceptual: bring together the structural and cultural to articulate the expressive nature of the work, to respond to what the work may have a particular expression, or evoke feeling, for instance.
    email to Pradip by 1 PM, with subject header: 420 Bucklow

Sept. 19

Critique: new work, 30-minutes each

Sept. 26

Critique: new work, 30-minutes each
Write: 1-page descriptive piece about one work by Agnes Martin.
email to Pradip by 1 PM, with subject header: 420 Martin

Discussion of all writing, then combine and rewrite and email with jpeg to Pradip by tomorrow, 1 PM

Discussion of reading: Martin, Agnes: Beauty is the Mystery of Life

October 3

Critique: new work, 30-minutes each

Image assett managemenent, documentation, presentation and public speaking fundamentals.

Preliminary discussion of Honors Application process

Critique of one new work.

Oct. 10 –   continue meeting with Pradip

  • Prepare for Midterm Presentations – present on two completed works. See the guidelines below (Oct. 19)

Oct. 17 – FALL BREAK

Oct. 19- Wednesday – Follow Monday Schedule – MEET WITH GORDON

Midterm Presentations: Present for no less than 18 and no more than 20 minutes, and follow this with 10 minutes for questions and further discussion – Please keep to these times.
Present an analysis of four works completed since the start of this semester. You may refer to other works by you or others as you give a structural, conceptual and expressive  analysis of each work. The presentation will be assessed on how you bring the audience to understand
1. what the work is in terms of its materials and structure;
2. what concepts and ideas are suggested by the combination of materials and structure;
3. what expressive associations are generated by the combination of structure and concept.
The works do not need to be thematically linked. While you should give your presentation using notes, be aware that simply reading out a paper to an audience generally renders an unacceptable result, and can waste a valuable opportunity.

Oct. 24 MIDTERM PAPERS DUE. Emailed to all professors by the start of class.

  • 1 new work installed in Nabit by beginning of class for writing exercise
  • Critique
  • Building a resume
  • Applying for exhibitions

Oct. 31

Presentations on your Studio Practice (15-20 minutes) followed by questions from your classmates

Nov. 7

Nov. 14 – – MEET WITH POND

Nov. 21

Start of class – Honors Applications Due [see application information]


Dec. 5 

Dec. 12

December 15 Thursday 4:30 PM Anderson Wrangle Opening reception and Artist Talk. Carlos Gallery

Tuesday Dec. 20. 7PM – Final Exam Period