This course explores how various artists have attempted to close the gap between art and life. We will ask: What happens as this space shrinks? Does art have a critical surface of its own that becomes lost when conflated with activism? Do artists have a responsibility to push society in new directions and therefore into new political possibilities? And how have contemporary artists dealt with these questions? The course content is arranged chronologically and divided into four sections: the arts and crafts movement, mid-twentieth century modernism, public art and activism, and relational aesthetics.
This course is a part of the NSCAD University credit curriculum. Audit students are not required to complete course assignments or take examinations and do not receive an evaluation, critiques, or a grade. Audit students may, with the approval of the instructor, participate in class discussions and work. Audit courses do not count towards full-time status, graduation requirements, or eligibility for any financial aid.