The Center for Art and Knowledge offers courses in art history, museum studies, and modern and contemporary art theory and practice. Courses are offered every fall and spring and are in collaboration with regional universities. To enroll in our joint course offerings with the University of Maryland, visit http://oes.umd.edu/phillips-collection.
SPRING 2018 COURSES
Special Topics in Art History - African Modernisms
Friday, January 26–May 4
Instructor: Kate Cowcher, Phillips Collection and the University of Maryland Postdoctoral Fellow in Modern and Contemporary Art History. Dr. Cowcher recently completed her doctoral thesis, which explored art and visual culture in the Ethiopian Revolution (1974-1991). Her broader research interests include modern and contemporary art in Africa and the Diaspora, African socialism, legacies of the Cold War in African visual culture, cultural exchange between Africa and Soviet/post-Soviet Russia, African cinema, artist collectives and the post-colonial city.
This workshop will introduce students to the debates and discussions around the concept of "global modernism" and its iterations in twentieth century Africa. After some introductory sessions discussing the term "modernism," its familiar Western-centric history, and its relationship to colonialism and anti-colonialism, we will look in-depth at engagements with and productions of modernist art in different national contexts across the African continent, including Senegal, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The workshop will also include a visit to the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art on April 6, and will involve discussions about exhibitions and displays of modern art from Africa in Western institutions.
Workshops do not post to the UMD transcript and do not count towards a student's academic record. Neither grade nor credit is earned. Students do not receive a University ID card and will not have access to University facilities such as recreation, transportation, and campus events. Workshop students may access UMD Libraries as “Visitors”; see https://www.lib.umd.edu/about/visitors.
Enrollment: November 1, 2017 to January 24, 2018
Members of The Phillips Collection Fee: $383.00
Non-member Fee: $1,089.00
FALL 2018 COURSES
ARTH668B Curatorial Practicum: Zilia Sanchez in the Context of Global Modernism
Wednesdays August 29 - December 19
4:00 - 6:40 PM
Instructor: Vesela Sretenović
This graduate seminar dovetails with a course “Cuba after 1959” focusing on the work of a Cuban-born, Puerto Rico-based artist Zilia Sánchez (b.1926, Havana). The course explores historical, ideological and aesthetic aspects of her work in the context of global modernism—more specifically abstract art—as well as various topics related to the exhibition making, in this case the first museum retrospective of Zilia Sánchez at The Phillips Collection. Gearing towards the opening in early 2019, students are involved in preparing the exhibition and the accompanying catalogue, from doing a scholarly research and working on interpretive materials, such as wall labels and audios, to gaining hands-on experience that pertains to exhibition design, art conservation, and installation. By addressing issues ranging from developing the exhibition’s conceptual and visual framework to collection management and art preservation, the course links theoretical knowledge with curatorial practice and hence exposes students to different facets of museum work. The assigned readings touch upon both art historical discourse around Sánchez’s work and recent curatorial strategies and challenges exploring how the meaning is constructed in textual format and exhibition space.
SPRING 2017 COURSE
SPRING 2016 COURSE
Art in Modern East Asia
Wednesdays, January 13–April 20, 2016
Instructor: Chinghsin Wu, The Phillips Collection–George Washington University Postdoctoral Fellow 2015–2016
This course introduces several crucial transformations and developments in the art and visual cultures of Modern East Asia, including Japan, China, Korea, and Taiwan. The first part of the course will examine the emerging concept of "Art" in East Asia and the related art systems that were established in the wake of successive encounters with Western culture or modern trends. We will focus on several avant-garde art movements that echoed but also distinguished themselves from parallel movements in Europe, including Impressionism, Post-impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism, Expressionism, Dadaism, and Surrealism. The second part of the course focuses on several key trends in the visual culture of modern East Asia, including the reevaluation and innovation of traditional painting techniques, the utilization of Western art media to revisualize historical events and national identities, the emergence of new female images in modern Asia, and development of imperial, colonial, and aboriginal art.
In collaboration with George Washington University