Art 5890 Special Topics in Art: The Ambience of the Art Object


An art object invariably obtains its convincing power from the complex of settings in which it is situated.  Beyond spatial and material conditions, there are social, historical, cultural, emotional, and economic factors that inform its receptions.  Audiences of contemporary art receive a broad range of practices, which expand notions of aesthetic experience.  Technological advances and social inclusivity further enliven critical possibilities for observers and creative participants alike.  We can at once place the object, event, or idea that functions as art into the environment of our imaginations while considering the objective influences that inspire and inform the creation of such works.  We will focus on a small but diverse selection of art objects to better understand how their specialness continues to evolve over time. The course will comprise of lectures, seminar discussions, readings, writing assignments, and group study, with a modicum of studio activity. 

For permission, please contact: Visiting Assistant Professor Christopher Stackhouse, Department of Art,

4 Week Session 1 (5/10/22 - 6/10/22)

MoWeFr 12:00PM - 3:00PM

Hopkins Hall 246

Instructor: Prof. Christopher Stackhouse