THEORIES OF FLESH
Theories of Flesh (Graduate Seminar HTCA-505-01)
Visiting Faculty: Ryan Tacata
San Francisco Art Institute
Department of History and Theory of Contemporary Art
This course examines the use of the body as material in art beginning in the mid-20th century. This course does not provide a historical survey of Body Art (or Performance Art). Rather, we will use the performing body in art as an organizing principal in our investigation of main currents and thoughts on both postmodern subjectivities and artistic experiments from the neo-avant garde to the contemporary. While investigating work from artists such as Jackson Pollock, VALIE EXPORT, Carloee Schneemann, Chris Burden, Cindy Sherman, A.A Bronson, and Vaginal Davis, we will cover a range of critical concepts of and on the body, including: performativity, intersubjectivity, disidentifications, locational identity, representation, and support.
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