Studio Seminar in Public Art OpenCourseWare: Free Graduate Level Public Art Course by MIT

Published Jan 10, 2009

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'Studio Seminar in Public Art' is a free course that uses the idea of personal museums to explore concepts and techniques in public art, such as the socio-political meaning of public space and the construction of personal identity. This OpenCourseWare from MIT is intended for students of a master's level Visual Design degree program.

Studio Seminar in Public Art: Course Specifics

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Studio Seminar in Public Art: Course Description

While the traditional use of public museums is to provide a place to display paintings, sculpture and other art forms with a minimum of distraction, this OpenCourseWare challenges students to create their own imaginary museums in order to explore the way individuals interact with public art. Professor Antonio Muntadas uses the concept of a museum without walls as a starting point to consider how public art and interventions can move beyond passive display and become dynamic forces that spur social discussion and meaningful dialogue. Students investigate the relationship between art installations and the public through lectures, class discussion and guest artist presentations. Throughout the class, students develop their personal museum concept in response to ideas from discussion and the readings, such as exhibition as a medium in itself and avoiding generic identity. Past imaginary museum topics include national security borders, architectural taste and human emotion. This course is designed for students in Masters of Science in Visual Studies degree programs.

This OpenCourseWare includes guest artist presentation videos, a class document, a reading list and past student projects. For more information about this OpenCourseWare, visit the public art course page.

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