Fall 2022 Course Descriptions

Art

ONCAM: On-campus/In-person course
HYBRID: Will be a combination of in-person and online content that will be determined by the instructor
SYNC: All online and meets during prescribed times/days
ASYNC: All online, but content and meeting times are not set.

This is subject to the regulations of the University and individual structure based on each instructor's syllabi and discretions.
**All times are Central U.S. timezone unless otherwise states.**

 

ART 101: Signifying Practices: Art and Visual Culture
Jen Delos Reyes, T/Th, 12:00–2:40pm, ONCAM - AEH 3204, CRNs: 35839 + 35835
Iris Bernblum, M/W, 3:00–5:40pm, ONCAM - AEH 3204, CRNs: 46640 + 46639

Introduction to theoretical perspectivs for analyzing experiences of visual and multi-modal phenomena. Strategies for researching and writing about topics related to contemporary aesthetic practices. Course Information: Field trips required at a nominal fee. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

 

ART 112: Introduction to Drawing
Instructor TBD, M/W, 12:00–2:40pm, ONCAM - AEH 5215, CRNs: 35837 + 35838
Instructor TBD, M/W, 3:00–5:40pm, ONCAM - AEH 5215, CRNs: 35868 + 35867
Instructor TBD, T/Th, 12:00–2:40pm, ONCAM - AEH 5215, CRNs: 35870 + 35869
Instructor TBD, T/Th, 3:30–6:15pm, ONCAM - AEH 5215, CRNs: 39879 + 39525

Introduction to drawing: orientation to the description and expressive potential of drawing through exposure to a variety of subjects, media, and formal concepts. Course Information: Previously listed as AD 102. Field trips required at a nominal fee. Course Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

 

ART 130: Introduction to Painting + Color
Instructor TBD, M/W, 8:00–10:40am, ONCAM - AEH 4200, CRNs: 37541 + 35871
Instructor TBD, M/W, 12:00–2:40pm, ONCAM - AEH 4200, CRNs: 39408 + 39406
Instructor TBD, T/TH, 8:00–10:40am, ONCAM - AEH 4200, CRNs: 38243 + 39916
Instructor TBD, T/TH, 12:00–2:40pm, ONCAM - AEH 4200, CRNs: 40419 + 38247

Beginning painting: introduction to major directions of contemporary painting; underlying historical precedents; orientation to subjects and formal concepts using relevant materials and process. Course Information: Field Trip required at a nominal fee. Course Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll for one Lecture and one Laboratory.

 

ART 140: Introduction to Sculpture
Instructor TBD, M/W, 8:00–10:40am, ONCAM - AEH 4100, CRNs: 35874 + 35873
Dan Peterman, M/W, 12:00–2:40pm, ONCAM - AEH 4100, CRNs: 35876 + 35875
Instructor TBD, M/W, 3:00–5:40pm, ONCAM - AEH 4100, CRNs: 35878 + 35877
Nate Young, T/TH, 12:00–2:40pm, ONCAM - AEH 4100, CRNs: 40475 + 40474

The study of major directions and underlying historical precedents in contemporary sculpture. Orientation to concepts of 3-dimensionality through use of relevant processes and heuristic approaches to making. Course Information: Previously listed as AD 140. Field trips required at a nominal fee. Course Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

 

ART 150: Introduction to New Media Arts
Instructor TBD, M/W, 6:30–9:00pm, ONCAM - AEH 5226, CRNs: 35880 + 35879
Instructor TBD, M/W, 3:00–5:40pm, ONCAM - AEH 5226, CRNs: 35882 + 35881
Instructor TBD, T/TH, 8:00–10:40am, ONCAM - AEH 5226, CRNs: 35884 + 35883
Instructor TBD, T/TH, 12:00–2:40pm, ONCAM - AEH 5226, CRNs: 42854 + 42853

An introduction to the theory and practice of responsive arts. Through hands-on exercises, students learn to design interactive interfaces and responsive environments. Survey lectures focus on current practices and the history of new media. Course Information: Previously listed as AD 100. Extensive computer use required. Course Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

 

ART 151: Introduction to Creative Coding in New Media Arts
Instructor TBD, M/W, 8:00–10:40am, ONCAM - LH 305, CRNs: 42471 + 42470
Instructor TBD, T/TH, 3:30–6:15pm, ONCAM - LH 320, CRNs: 43430 + 43431
Instructor TBD, M/W, 3:00–5:40pm, ONCAM  LH 307, CRNs: 43432 + 43433
Instructor TBD, T/TH, 8:00–10:40am, ONCAM - LH 205, CRNs: 44903 + 44905

Under the professional instruction of an expert in coding languages, students will investigate the ways in which social media, data, and code have been instrumental in re-configuring the nature of social relationships in our society. Course Information: Extensive computer use required. Field trips required at a nominal fee. Students will use coding languages such as Processing, HTML, and JavaScript. Moving through beginning and intermediate levels of coding, students will explore creative new avenues of applying these tools. Students will gain skills to expand upon traditional uses of coding by aligning it with the contemporary art practices of New Media, a field in which technology and contemporary art combine. Class Schedule: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

 

ART 160: Introduction to Digital Photography
Instructor TBD, T/TH, 8:00–10:40am, ONCAM - AEH 5215, CRNs: 35886 + 35885 (Art Majors Only)
Instructor TBD, T/TH, 12:00–2:40pm, ONCAM - AEH 5215, CRNs: 35888 + 35887 (Art Majors Only)
Silvia Malagrino, T/TH, 3:30–6:15pm, SYNC, CRNs: 35890 + 35889 (Gen Ed)
Instructor TBD, M/W, 8:00–10:40am, ONCAM - AEH 5215, CRNs: 35892 + 35891 (Art Majors Only)
Instructor TBD, M/W, 12:00–2:40pm, ONCAM - AEH 5215, CRNs: 40418 + 40417 (Art Majors Only)
Instructor TBD, M/W, 3:00–5:40pm, SYNC, CRNs: 40579 + 40578 (Gen Ed)

Introduction to digital photography: basic familiarity with camera, photographic techniques, Photoshop, low level lighting and high end printing. Includes social, cultural, critical and aesthetic considerations of the medium. Course Information: Previously listed as AD 150. Extensive computer use required. Field trips required at a nominal fee. Fully manual Digital Camera and laptop computer with appropriate Photoshop software is required. Course Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

 

ART 170: Introduction to Filmmaking
Instructor TBD, M/W, 8:00–10:40am, ONCAM - AEH 3204, CRNs: 35895 + 35893
Instructor TBD, M/W, 12:00–2:40pm, ONCAM - AEH 3204, CRNs: 35898 + 35897
Instructor TBD, T/TH, 8:00–10:40am, ONCAM - AEH 3204, CRNs: 35900 + 35899
Instructor TBD, T/TH, 3:30–6:15pm, ONCAM - AEH 3204, CRNs: 40477 + 40476

Introduction to the practice, history and context of the moving image. Basic experimentation with image/sound capture and editing as related to film, video and audio. Course Information: Previously listed as AD 170. Field trips required at a nominal fee. Course Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

 

ART 190: Social Practice: Prisons and Policing
Laurie Jo Reynolds, T/TH, 6:30–9:00pm, SYNC - AEH 5202, CRNs: 38373 + 38378

Introduces the concept of socially engaged art, a practice that blurs the line between art and life, emphasizing participation, dialogue, and action. Includes field visits and dialogue with artists. Students design and realize a public art project. Course Information: 3 hours. Previously listed as AD 190. Field trips required at a nominal fee. No previous art and studio experience is necessary for this class. Field Trips Required: Mess Hall, Dorchester Projects and Rebuild Foundation, Threewalls, Hyde Park Art Center, Experimental Station, and South Side Community Art Center, are all site-specific resources for this course. Students will visit at least two of these sites as part of their analysis and exploration of socially engaged art practices. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 160. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture-Discussion and one Practice.

 

ART 230: Topics in Painting I
Instructor TBD, T/TH, 3:30–6:15pm, ONCAM - AEH 4200, CRNs: 35904 + 35903

Direct experience and related readings investigate innovations and major directions in contemporary painting. The instructor directs in-depth focus regarding a specific topic or emphasis. Course Information: Previously listed as AD 230. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 hours. Field trips required at a nominal fee. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above; or consent of the instructor; and completion of art foundation program.

 

ART 240: Topics in Sculpture I
Faheem Majeed, T/TH, 8:00–10:40am, ONCAM - AEH 4100, CRNs: 35908 + 35907

Specific topics, designed by the instructor, address current practices and theories in sculpture and installation. The course is an investigation of sculptural practices as a vehicle by which to explore a variety of media. Course Information: May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Field trip required at a nominal fee. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above and completion of art foundation program. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

 

ART 250: Topics New Media Arts: Wearables
Instructor TBD, M/W, 12:00–2:40pm, ONCAM - AEH 5226, CRNs: 42301 + 42302

Concentration course in New Media Art. Students create artwork with new media technologies, interactive installations, software and computer animation. Includes social, cultural, critical and aesthetic considerations of new media. Course Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 8 hours. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above and completion of the art foundation program. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

 

ART 260: Topics in Digital Photography
Instructor TBD, M/W, 8:00–10:40am, ONCAM - AEH 5226, CRNs: 35912 + 35911
Silvia Malagrino, T/TH, 12-240, ONCAM - AEH 5226, CRNs: 44032 + 44031

Intermediate digital phography: specific topics designed by instructor, conceptual/contextual image making, familiarity with camera, photographic techniques, Photoshop, basic lights techniques and high end printing. Course Information: Previously listed as AD 267. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 hours. Extensive computer use required. Field trips required at a nominal fee. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above and completion of the first-year art foundation program. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

 

ART 261: Topics in Analog Photography
Colleen Keihm, M/W, 3:00–5:40pm, ONCAM - AEH 3227, CRNs: 35914 + 35913

Introduction to analog black and white photography: advance familiarity with camera, photographic techniques, printing and basic lighting. The course is an investigation of analog photography. Course Information: Previously listed as AD 268. Field trips required at a nominal fee. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above; or consent of instructor; and completion of the first-year art foundation program. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

 

ART 270: Topics in Film: DO IT YOURSELF
Instructor TBD, T/TH, 3:30–6:15pm, ONCAM - AEH 3226, CRNs: 42064 + 42065

An introduction to 16mm film production in theory and practice. Assignments, screenings, discussions and readings related to experimental cinema supplement topics such as: cinematography, editing, composition and cameraless film making. Course Information: Previously listed as AD 271. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 hours. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above and completion of the art foundation program. Class Schedule Information: To be registered properly, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

 

ART 275: Topics in Screenwriting
Jennifer Reeder, M/W, 12–2:40pm, ONCAM - AEH 3226, CRNs: 35922 + 35921

Project-based course is an introduction to screenwriting. Students learn the principles of substance, structure and style and how to write in proper script format. Course Information: Previously listed as AD 275. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 hours. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or abaove; or cnsent of the instructor; and completion of the art foundation program.

 

ART 312: Topics in Drawing III
Dianna Frid, M/W, 8:00–10:40am, ONCAM - AEH 5215, CRNs: 35926 + 35925

Topics directed by the instructor; may include individual study and related readings in contemporary art; further investigation and extended applications in drawing. Course Information: Previously listed as AD 304. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 hours. Field trips required at a nominal fee. Prerequisite(s): ART 212; and junior standing or above; or consent of instructor. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

 

ART 350: 3D Space 1: Modeling
Eleanor Schichtel, T/Th, 3:30–6:15pm, ONCAM - AEH 5226, CRNs: 37253 + 37254

Concentration course in New Media Art. Students create artwork with new media technologies, interactive installations, software and computer animation. Includes social, cultural, critical and aesthetic considerations of new media. Course Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 12 hours. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): ART 250. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

 

ART 362: Topics in Photography: Alternative Process and Lighting Studio
Beate Geissler, T/Th, 3:30–6:15pm, ONCAM - AEH 5202, CRNs: 47120 + 47121

Exploring alternative process in photography and how they can inform the work in contemporary practices as well as the exploration of tools and techniques of a photographic lighting studio. Course Information: Previously listed as AD 262. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 hours. Extensive computer use required. Field trips required at a nominal fee. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above and completion of Art Foundation Program. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

 

ART 372: VIDEO II: POP CULTURES
Jennifer Reeder, M/W, 8:00–10:40am, ONCAM - AEH 3226, CRNs: 35941 + 35942

A topics-based project-oriented course that emphasizes advanced media production in the areas of 16mm film, video, motion graphics, and sound. Course Information: Previously listed as AD 378. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): ART 272; and junior standing or above; or consent of the instructor. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

 

ART 382: Topics in Art: Prof. Practice
Dianna Frid, M/W, 12:00–2:40pm, ONCAM - AEH 3227, CRNs: 37255 + 37256

Multidisciplinary art making course based on a topic chosen by instructor. Course consists of art production and written assignments, lecture, class critiques and individual meetings. Course Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 12 hours. Field trips required at a nominal fee. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

 

ART 400: Advanced Critique
Dan Peterman, M, 3:00–5:40pm, ONCAM - AEH 3226, CRN: 42495

A sustained critical viewing and discussion of student work in order to consider, measure and reconsider effective strategies in artistic production. Course Information: Field trips required at a nominal fee. Field work required. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above; and consent of the instructor.

 

ART 401: Senior Projects: Critique​
Beate Geissler + Faheem Majeed, T/Th, 12:00–2:40pm, ONCAM - AEH 3226, CRNs: 35952 + 35953
Critique/discussion for advanced art majors. Course Information: Previously listed as AD 462. Prerequisite(s): Senior standing or above; and consent of instructor. Class Schedule Information: To be registered properly, students must enroll in one Laboratory-Discussion and one Conference.

 

**ART GRADUATE LEVEL COURSES BELOW**

Interdisciplinary Education in the Arts (IDEAS)

IDEA 110: Creativity and Innovation in Design and Arts​
Chris Reeves, M/W, 9:30–10:45am, ONCAM - HH 107, CRNs: 42473 + 42472

Provides knowledge of the issues and factors that motivate, influence, and materialize creativity and innovation in design and arts disciplines. Course Information: Previously listed as ISA 110. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture-Discussion and one Laboratory.

 

IDEA 410: Interdisciplinary Capstone for IDEA Majors
Tiffany Funk, T, 12:00–2:40pm, ONCAM - AEH 3227, CRN: 45336

A sustained practicum in the production, discussion and theorization of work produced by seniors (in the last two semesters) of IDEA coursework. Course Information: May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Field work required.

Art Education

ART 201: Democratic Practices in Art Education
William Estrada, T/TH, 11:00am–1:40pm, ONCAM - AEH 5202, CRNs: 42052 + 42053​

Explores the evolution of various practices and sites of art education in Chicago, the U.S. and in global contexts. The course examines the role of the arts in education and democratic life. Course Information: Field trips required at a nominal fee. Field work required. Prerequisite(s): Art Education majors or consent of the instructor. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture-Discussion and one Practice.

 

ART 310: Visual and Verbal Literacy in Art Education
Karyn Sandlos, M/W, 11:00am–1:40pm, ONCAM - AEH 5202, CRNs: 47118 + 47119​

Explores relevance of critical theory, text-based contemporary art, cultural studies, and aesthetics to the school art curriculum. Strategies for incorporating reading and writing into arts education. Course Information: Field work required. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in ART 210; and junior standing or above; and approval of the department. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture one Discussion.

 

ART 410: Art Education Practicum
William Estrada, W, 4:00–5:30pm, ONCAM - AEH 5202, CRNs: 43439

Experience in classroom teaching and curriculum design, connecting practices of contemporary artmaking with practices of contemporary critical pedagogy. Design and teach interdisciplinary curriculum. Course Information: Field work required. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better or concurrent registration in ART 210; and junior standing or above; and approval of the department. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture-Discussion and one Practice.

Art: Graduate Level

ART 457: Expanded Cinema
Instructor TBD, T/Th, 6:30–9:15pm, ONCAM - AEH 5226, CRNs: 35966 + 35967

An introduction to real-time ineractive art theory and to the design and production practices used in creating 3D applications for games and the web. Course Information: Previously listed as AD 457. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above; or consent of instructor. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

 

ART 520: Teaching Artists: Education and the MFA Degree
John Neff, M, 6:30–9:00pm, ONCAM - AEH 3226, CRNs: 35984 + 35985

This seminar-style course examines the history and practice of visual arts  instruction from the early modern era to the present, with a concentration on the  development and use of the studio MFA degree as training and credentialization for  visual arts educators. The goal of the course is to equip studio MFA candidates with  a toolbox of "professional practices,” emphasizing community-oriented and  experimental approaches, that might inform their future work in the visual arts. 

Whenever possible, the class uses resources that are part of graduate students’  immediate community, including an extended engagement with UIC’s Center for the  Advancement of Teaching Excellence and a number of non-university educational  programs.   

The course is divided into three sections: Histories and Theories, Institutions and  Roles, and Collaborations.  After a brief survey of historical models of arts education  (from the European academy system to 21st century international MFA programs)  the class dives into deep readings of key theoretical texts on radical pedagogy. Then,  it moves on to case studies of, and site visits to, innovative arts educators in Chicago.  The focus here is on sustainable creative, educational, and professional practices.  The course concludes with a series of workshops where students engage directly  with educators from CAPE (Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education), gaining a  detailed understanding of the development and implementation of inquiry-driven  teaching artists’ projects in Chicago Public Schools.

 

ART 520: Archives and Counter-archives
Sanaz Sohrabi, F, 12:00–2:40pm, ONCAM - AEH 3226, CRNs: 35986 + 35987

The “archival turn” following the interventions of Postcolonial and Subaltern Studies in the  early 1980s opened up radical possibilities for generating counterhegemonic social and cultural  histories. This new critical gaze toward the archives became a getaway for many scholars and  artists to uncover, recover and examine the histories of groups that were marginalized or erased  within the colonial, imperial, and nationalist grand narratives and their institutional archives.  This graduate seminar examines how power structures have historically shaped the production,  constitution, and ownership of the archives. It also investigates different counter-archival  practices that seek to unsettle and undo the colonial forms of storytelling, and excavate the  fragments of the past within hegemonic records and institutions. 

Students will engage with key literature and artistic projects that have explored some of the  issues, dilemmas, and concepts around archival practices– ranging from gaps and absences in the  archival records to how power relations scaffold the evidentiary status of the archives in  challenging and unique ways. They will also consider what constitutes an archive and what are  the challenges of producing, gathering, and interpreting archival records and institutional sources  – examining everything from state and colonial archives, to family and vernacular photography  practices, news and media archives, oral histories, and urban sites and monuments. More broady,  this seminar aims to introduce students to conceptual and analytical interventions that seek to  foster new visual counterpublics, with a special emphasis on the intersection of visual and  archival practices and their connection to wider debates about the politics of historical visibility.

 

ART 530: Advanced Graduate Critique
Sabrina Raaf + Nate Young, Date and Time: Arranged, Location: TBD, CRNs: 36027 + 35988

Individualized graduate study; creative projects and research by each student through consultive agreement with graduate faculty committee. Course Information: Previously listed as AD 530. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and approval of the School graduate faculty committee. Class Schedule Information: To be registered properly, students must enroll in one Laboratory and one Conference.

Art History

Visit the Art History website for Fall 2022 courses:
https://arthistory.uic.edu/courses/current-course-flyers/

Museum & Exhibition Studies

MUSE 400: Memory Activism, Alternative Archives and Social Justice
Dr. Maria Eugenia López-Garcia, T, 3:30–6:00pm, ONCAM - HH 303, CRN: 45574

This seminar examines the politics of memory and commemoration, focusing on human rights issues, historical erasure, and justice mobilization. From the decades of activism of Las Madres de Plaza de Mayo in Argentina to the feminist movement “Ni Una Mas” in Mexico to the global demonstrations to remove monuments to slavery and colonialism, we will explore the role of memory as a site of struggle for justice, healing, and liberation. In this process, we will consider questions such as the following: How do social movements shape, construct and use memory? What types of archives have emerged in the waves of activism for social justice? What is the logic and practice of memory activism? What are the strategies of visibility and representation emerging from collective memory? In short, this course will especially emphasize research on the use of memory practices and cultural repertoires by marginalized communities, activists, archivists, museum workers, and artists as means for social and historical justice.
**Same as MUSE 546. Undergrads should register with this MUSE 400 CRN. Graduate students should register for MUSE 546.

 

MUSE 400: The Imagined Museum
Dr. Lucy Mensah, M, 3:00–5:30pm, ONCAM - HH 303, CRN: 45575

This course examines the role of the imagination in museum practice and theory. Grounded in literature, popular media, art & design, and cultural theory, class assignments and discussions will consider the social, political, and cultural needs driving the turn to speculative and fictional museum-making. Case studies will draw from “failed” proposals for real museums, fictionalized museums in literary fiction and television, and the rise of digital museums.
**Same as MUSE 546. Undergrads should register with this MUSE 400 CRN. Graduate students should register for MUSE 546.

 

MUSE 400: Environmental & Climate Justice: From Puerto Rico, the U.S./Mexico border, and other localities to Chicago neighborhoods
Dr. Rosa Cabrera, Tuesdays, 3:30–6:00pm, ONCAM - LH 315, CRN: 43540 (3 undergraduate hours) OR 45573 (4 graduate hours)
This course examines the environmental justice movement and its connection to climate change. It scrutinizes larger systems of power and privilege that produce unjust environmental and climateconditions putting communities of color, immigrants, indigenous, and low-income earners at greater risk. This course will use transnational case studies from Chicago’s Latinx community, Puerto Rico, the U.S./Mexico border, and other localities to examine the intersection of environmental pollution and climate change with social issues. This is a highly collaborative course that requires full participation in the reading discussions and student interdependence to work in small groups to complete a community project.

 

MUSE 532: Museum Collections
Emma Turner-Trujillo, T/H, 3:30–6:00pm, ONCAM - HH 303, CRN: 43541

Practical, theoretical and institutional settings of the museum and exhibition professions. Students meet in seminar environments, read and discuss core texts and ideas; travel to representative exhibition and cultural heritage sites. Course Information: Extensive computer use required. Previously listed as AH 532. Prerequisite(s): Approval of the Department.

 

MUSE 543: Writing for Exhibitions
Dr. Lucy Mensah, T, 12:30–3:00pm, ONCAM - HH 303, CRN: 43534

Practicum in producing texts for sites across physical and virtual museum and exhibition environments, from labels to exhibition catalogs. Includes digital and virtual exhibition venues. Course Information: Previously listed as AH 543. Prerequisite(s): Approval of the Department.

 

MUSE 545: Museum Genres, Practices, and Institutions​
Dr. Maria Eugenia López-Garcia, M, 3:00–5:30pm, ONCAM - JH 209, CRN: 43539

History of museums, cultural heritage sites, other sites of preservation and exhibition; includes discussion of contemporary sites of virtual display. Course Information: Previously listed as AH 545. Field trips to multiple cultural sites in the Chicago area. Prerequisite(s): Approval of the Department.

 

MUSE 546: Memory Activism, Alternative Archives and Social Justice​
Dr. Maria Eugenia López-Garcia, T, 3:30–6:00pm, ONCAM - HH 303, CRN: 47138

This seminar examines the politics of memory and commemoration, focusing on human rights issues, historical erasure, and justice mobilization. From the decades of activism of Las Madres de Plaza de Mayo in Argentina to the feminist movement “Ni Una Mas” in Mexico to the global demonstrations to remove monuments to slavery and colonialism, we will explore the role of memory as a site of struggle for justice, healing, and liberation. In this process, we will consider questions such as the following: How do social movements shape, construct and use memory? What types of archives have emerged in the waves of activism for social justice? What is the logic and practice of memory activism? What are the strategies of visibility and representation emerging from collective memory? In short, this course will especially emphasize research on the use of memory practices and cultural repertoires by marginalized communities, activists, archivists, museum workers, and artists as means for social and historical justice.
**Same as MUSE 400. Graduate students should register with this MUSE 546 CRN. Undergrads should register for MUSE 400.

 

MUSE 546: The Imagined Museum
Dr. Lucy Mensah, M, 3:00–5:30pm, ONCAM - HH 303, CRN: 47139

This course examines the role of the imagination in museum practice and theory. Grounded in literature, popular media, art & design, and cultural theory, class assignments and discussions will consider the social, political, and cultural needs driving the turn to speculative and fictional museum-making. Case studies will draw from “failed” proposals for real museums, fictionalized museums in literary fiction and television, and the rise of digital museums.
**Same as MUSE 400. Graduate students should register with this MUSE 546 CRN. Undergrads should register for MUSE 400.

 

MUSE 582: Supervised Internship in Museum and Exhibition Studies​
Therese Quinn, Day, Time, Location: Arranged, CRN: 43972

Practical supervised experience in institutions serving the visual arts. Placements in museums; community arts centers; college, commercial, or non-traditional galleries; public agencies, and commercial and not-for-profit sites. Course Information: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Previously listed as AH 582. Prerequisite(s): Approval of the Department.

 

MUSE 596: Readings in Museum and Exhibition Studies
Therese Quinn, Day, Time, Location: Arranged, CRN: 43973

Individually planned readings on selected topics under the supervision of a faculty member. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

 

MUSE 597/598: Project and Thesis Research
Therese Quinn, W, 2:00–4:30pm, ONCAM - HH 303, CRN: 43536 + 43537

Capstone project appropriate to area of study, developed in consultation with graduate advisor. Projects may cover areas of visual exhibition or professional practice that fall outside traditional boundaries of scholarly research. Course Information: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Previously listed as AH 597. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): Approval of the Department.

Individual research under faculty direction. Course Information: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours.