Yale University School of Art
1156 Chapel Street, POB 208339
New Haven, Connecticut, 06520-8339
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PAINTING/PRINTMAKING Art 526, Materiality, Gesture, and Meaning

This seminar focuses on materiality in art and the complex interrelationships among material, gesture, and meaning. We trace the history of art alongside the history of material, beginning with prehistory by looking at the influence of the natural world and continuing by examining the influence of industrial and postindustrial materials. The course considers how social, political, and poetic meaning is bound up in materiality, and how material experimentation can drive innovation and generate new systems of meaning. We alternate among class discussions of readings and films, critique of work based on class experiments and assignments, and visits to museums and sites such as the New Haven landfill, a glass factory, and an industrial materials archive.

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