SP.237:  

The Artist in the World

Seminar Home Page, Spring 2007

Thursdays, 2:00-4:00 p.m, Bldg. 24-619

Instructor: Graham Ramsay ( ramsay@mit.edu )

tel : 617-258-0481

 

What is this seminar about?

In this seminar, we will explore how artists contend with issues of self-expression through a wide range of media.   Each week a different professional working artist will present his or her work to the class, discussing the process of creating work that addresses a particular set of issues—social, political, personal, environmental, etc. Each presentation will be followed by an informal discussion guided by the instructor that will explore each artist's process from initial concept to completion. Disciplines to be studied will include poetry, music composition, painting, sculpture, dance, photography, instrumental performance, fiction writing, acting, performance art, ceramics, video/electronic media, and cyber art.

What will I get out of it?

Each week you will have the opportunity to hear from a working artist about his or her unique world—their pleasures, passions, and frustrations related to making their art.   You will have the opportunity to get a clear glimpse into their lives and thought processes.   You will have the chance to connect with them, ask questions, and to share your views.   You will also get an overview of the incredibly vibrant, dynamic and varied arts scene in the greater Boston area.

What are the class requirements?

Each week you will be asked to review materials on line (lecture list and links are below) about the artist presenting the following week.   These materials will include biographical materials, statements and interviews regarding the artists work, and samples (writing, visual, and audio).   The day before class, each student will submit two relevant questions via email regarding the artist based on the materials they have read/seen/listened to.   Those questions will be the basis for our in-class discussions.   For the last class, each student will write a brief paper (6 to 10 pages) comparing any two of the twelve artists who presented during the seminar.

Because this is a discussion-based subject, attendance is extremely important.   You may miss no more than 2 classes during the term.   If you need to miss a class, please email the instructor in advance so that we know not to expect you.

How will I be graded?

SP.237 is a 6 unit pass/fail seminar.   Passing is quite simple—all you must do is:

•  Attend class (no more than 2 absences)

•  Participate: Two submitted questions via email per week; your participation in discussion.

•  Complete the final paper (6-10 pages comparing two of the artists)

 

Presenters:

Class #

Date

Presenter

Medium

 

1

 

February 8

Opening class discussion

 

2

 

February 15

Merle Perkins

actor, singer

3

 

February 22

Marilyn Arsem

performance artists

4

 

March 1

Ric Haynes

painter

5

 

March 8

Brian Robison

composer

6

 

March 15

Amanda Parkes

media/installation artist

7

 

March 22

David Eberly

poet

NO CLASS(Spring break)

March 29

 

 

 

8

 

April 5

Christopher Frost

sculptor

9

 

April 12

Arno Minkkinen

photographer

10

 

April 19

Deborah Abel

choreographer

11

 

April 26

Alice Flaherty

author

12

 

May 3

Heinrich Christensen

organist

13

 

May 10

 

 

14

May 17

Final presentations, closing class discussions