Looking deeper into early museums, this class will dissect wunderkammer and phenomena such as the collection, the artifact, the archive and the souvenir. Looking at primary documents as well as theoretical texts, we will further examine structures of truth, mimesis, and representation. Following Lorraine Datson’s book, Objectivity, we will focus on the historical entanglement of art and science and how the invention of photography transformed perceptions of reality. We will engage with artists such as Coco Fusco, Noah Purifoy, Mark Dion and Joseph Cornell (and many more) who use aesthetic and conceptual methodologies of collecting and preserving objects in their art practice. Students will be required to create a glossary of terms. The class will create a final museum inspired group project.
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