NO STANDARD TIME: A Fall Semester Class

Mondays at 6:45–8:35 PM, 80 Washington Square East Open to all graduate students.

Taught inside New York University’s gallery at 80 Washington Square East, this course introduces students to philosophical, social, and economic questions about art through a study of artists who have curated, run their own art spaces or created their own forms of distribution. The course sets out to research what is an influential but still under-studied occurrence: the role artists have played as self-organizers, as either curators or presenters of their own art as well as others. Taking the institution or gallery as a medium, artists have often rethought conventional forms of exhibition making. This class surveys seminal examples of such exhibitions from the 1970s to the present, including the ways artists have unlearned, disinvented, and deliberately misunderstood how works of art are circulated and displayed.

The class is inspired by the work of Louise Lawler and will incorporate the work of artists Julie Ault, Melvin Edwards, Charles Gaines, Sarah Michelson, Lutz Bacher, Adrian Piper, Jack Smith, Jef Geys, Orchard, David Hammons, Stephen Dillemuth/Josef Strau, and John Russell/Bank. Readings for the course include such authors as art historians Craig Owens, Douglas Crimp, and David Joselit; artists Andrea Fraser, Richard Hawkins, Mike Kelley, Pope. L, and such feminist theorists as Carla Lonzi. Class time will be spent looking at the works and projects of artists; reading and discussing readings; and in visits to view exhibitions, artist spaces, or in visits with guest lecturers.

Taught by Robert Snowden with Andrew Weiner and Rhea Anastas. Robert Snowden is curatorial fellow at 80 Washington Square East, Steinhardt School. He was Head Curator at Yale Union from 2012–2016. Rhea Anastas is Associate Professor in the Art Department at University California Irvine. She was a co-founder of Orchard Gallery from 2005–2008.