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Discovering Manhattan: Drawing and Painting in the Spirit of the Modern Art Pioneers

Semester and Year SP 2016
Course Number ARTS-UG1425
Section 001
Instructor Barnaby Ruhe
Days R
Time 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Units 4
Level U



This workshop explores images of New York City as envisioned by various schools of modern art, including Ashcan, Bauhaus, Futurist, Dadaist, Pop, and High Tech, and by the artists of the modern period, including Sloan, Mondrian, Hopper, Marin, Brancusi, O'Keefe, Duchamp, Grooms, and Koons. In response to studying these visions of New York, students create their own art works—sketching in Times Square with the garrulous attitude of Reginald Marsh, drawing a skyscraper in an ecstatic John Marin breath, creating a collage by rifling through bins with Arman and Duchamp. The workshop concludes with a collaborative mural project and a final paper analyzing various strategies of expression whereby modern artists discovered the meaning of Manhattan. Through a process of appropriation, imitation, and parody, students are thus encouraged to re-enact the process of "discovering Manhattan," to engage in a dialogue with the city, and thereby to discover their own artistic voices. Readings include E.B. White's ineffable "Here is New York," Alan Ginsberg's outrageous "Howl," Robert Henri's Art Spirit, as well as excerpts from Natalie Edgar's "The Club" which met at the Cedar Tavern on 13th and University, a few blocks from here, then Harold Rosenberg, Irving Sandler, and Federico Garcia Lorca's "Duende" from his Poeta en Nueva York lecture.


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Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)