Why should we study (and make!) art? Is the study and practice of art merely a decoration to life, a nice hobby for the cultural elite? Or is there something vital about it, something that can speak even to people who might not usually spend much time with art?
For this class, we'll be meeting at one of Austin's local galleries, the Pump Project Art Complex, in order to bring these questions to some actual work. It's a Field Trip! We will be viewing an exhibit by Bethlehem Makonnen. From the exhibit's site:
In ኣለማየሁ : I saw the world, Betelhem Makonnen investigates issues of estrangement, exile, racism and forced migration. The starting impulse of all her works are questions that arise from her own experiences in relationship to history and the construction of archives. Her references are a mixture of her personal history in combination with fragments of sources, ideas and thoughts she absorbs from research in texts of history, philosophy, literature and the internet.
After we have all spent some time with Makonnen's work, we discuss what we saw and experienced, as well as a NY Times article about police officers at the Met.
Texts (optional, but encouraged):
"Off the Beat and Into a Museum: Art Helps Police Officers Learn to Look" NYTimes