Journey into Substance

This course takes us on a series of short expeditions to museum collections (Wadsworth Atheaneum, Mass MoCA, Dia Beacon, Boston MFA), outdoor parks (Storm King, deCordova Museum and Sculpture Garden), and other key sites (Hudson River, Olana, Mount Katahdin, etc.) Our purpose in visiting these places is not only to see works of art, but also to retrace the journeys of those artists who have produced the canon that includes well-known iconic vistas that are in fact visual fiction. Through interrogation of these ophthalmic constructs at the very site of their fabrication, the student will engage with the prospect of vision, conjugation of imaginative capacity, and create thoughtful work deeply sourced through the context of place and experience.