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Courses & Workshops

Beyond the Artist’s Hand: Contemporary Art Methods and Practices

This six-week course examines the range and variety of contemporary artists’ working methods and processes, and will help to make sense of significant shifts in artistic modes of production. We will explore the trend of moving away from conventional materials and traditional definitions of mediums to a more expansive understanding of what constitutes an object. We will look at key artists working today and ask how their work relates to the art of the past. This course includes a studio visit with a guest artist and a tour of Chelsea galleries.

Instructor: Suzanne Hudson. Hudson is Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is co-founder of the Contemporary Art Think Tank and president of the College Art Association-affiliated Society of Contemporary Art Historians. A regular contributor to Artforum, she is the author of Robert Ryman: Used Paint (MIT Press, 2009).

Six Thursdays: October 7, 14, 21,28, November 4 and 18
10–11:30 am

Paul Thek, Untitled (Four Tube Meat Piece), 1964, from the series Technological Reliquaries. Wax, metal, wood, paint, plaster, rubber, resin, and glass. 16 1/8 x 16 1/4 x 5 3/8 in. (41 x 41.3 x 13.7 cm.). Kolodny Family Collection. © The Estate of George Paul Thek; courtesy of Alexander and Bonin, New York. Photograph by Orcutt & Van Der Putten

Paul Thek, Untitled (Four Tube Meat Piece), 1964, from the series Technological Reliquaries. Wax, metal, wood, paint, plaster, rubber, resin, and glass. 16 1/8 × 16 1/4 × 5 3/8 in. (41 × 41.3 × 13.7 cm.). Kolodny Family Collection. © The Estate of George Paul Thek; courtesy of Alexander and Bonin, New York. Photograph by Orcutt & Van Der Putten