Terra Foundation for American Art in Berlin

Fall / Winter semester courses taught by Terra Foundation for American Art scholars in Berlin

The Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at the Institute for Art and Visual History of the Humboldt University Berlin for 2018-2020 is Dr. med. Andrew Witt

In the 2018 fall-winter semester Andrew Witt offers the following course:

Afterlives: Documentary Film and Photography in California, 1870-1970

Tuesdays, 10: 00-12: 00. Georgenstr. 47. First class 23.10, last class 05.12.

This course addresses the rise of documentary film and photography in California from 1870 to 1970. The course is interdisciplinary in nature, measuring the complexity of documentary work in California alongside a larger cultural terrain. This course is dedicated to the weird, the obscure and the comic in documentary practice, all of which has been overlooked by our current histories of documentary. Artists discussed in this course include Eadweard Muybridge, Dorothea Lange, Maya Deren, Toyo Miyatake, John Gutmann, Ed Ruscha, Allan Sekula, Martha Rosler, John Divola, and the LA Rebellion. In concentrating on California, the works analyzed in this course are mobilized to put pressure on histories of the period that all too often privilege documentary works produced out East (namely New York).

To register for the course please email Andrew at  andrew.witt@hu-berlin.de Participants: 24 max.

The Terra Foundation for American Art Visiting Professor John F. Kennedy Institute, Free University Berlin for 2018/2019 is Prof. Laura Katzman.

Prof. Katzman is offering the following courses during the winter 2018 term:

A Social History of Photography in the United States (BA)

This course examines the history of photography in the United States, considering the aesthetic, technological, social, cultural, and political factors that contributed to the development and practice of photography from its beginnings in 1839 through the mid‐twentieth century. Particular emphasis will be given to the relationship between photography and society, the role that photography has played in shaping ideology and informing popular thought, as well as the ways that photographs have been used to raise political awareness, inspire civic and global engagement, and promote social change. Photography’s complex status as art and document, and how the medium has been theorized by critics, scholars, and artists, will also be studied. The ultimate goal of this course is to encourage critical looking, thinking, and writing about photographic images, texts, and institutions. Fields trips to museums in Berlin with strong photography collections and/or photography exhibitions will be required.

Please register at: culture@jfki.fu‐berlin.de with your name, matriculation number, study program, home university, zedat email address or email address of home university, and type of exchange program (if applicable). Deadline for registration is November 1, 2018. Enrollment without registration here is not possible. A final list of participants will be published on November 5.

The Museum in America: Histories and Controversies (MA)

This seminar examines the history, functions, and meanings of museums in society, focusing primarily on the art museum in the United States. Drawing on the ever‐growing literature on museology, the course critically addresses the ways in which museums—through their policies, programs, exhibitions, technologies, and architecture—can define regional or national values, shape cultural attitudes, and inform social and political views. The intersection between museum theory and practice will be investigated. Students are encouraged to analyze the ways in which American museums present, display, and interpret the art of the United States as well as that of non‐American and non‐Western cultures. Using the 20th‐ century American art collections at the Hamburger Bahnhof and the Neue Nationalgalerie, the seminar also considers how contemporary American culture is presented through a European lens. Field trips to the plethora of museums on Museuminsel and throughout Berlin will be required.

Please register at: culture@jfki.fu‐berlin.de with your name, matriculation number, study program, home university, zedat email address or email address of home university, and type of exchange program (if applicable). Deadline for registration is November 1, 2018. Enrollment without registration here is not possible. A final list of participants will be published on November 5.

Previously, the Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at the Humboldt University Berlin for 2016-2018 was Larne Abse Gogarty

In the summer semester 2017-2018, Larne Abse Gogarty offered the following course:

American art and the stakes of criticism 1933-1975.

Thursdays, 13.00-16.00. Room 3.42, Georgenstr. 47. First class 19.04, last class 21.06.

This course addresses American art and criticism from the New Deal to the end of the Vietnam War, exploring a range of practices from 1930s realism, to the rise of Abstract Expressionism and subsequent developments in Minimalism, Happenings, Pop and Conceptualism. Throughout the period, there were various ways to interpret new modes of artistic production, and explore the various allegiances to Marxism, formalism, existentialism, cold war liberalism, feminism and the Civil Rights Movement. From the very beginning of the 1950s to the claims made by formalists critics during the ascendancy of American art in the 1950s, this course aims to uncover the stakes of criticism-especially as autonomous-during a volatile and transformative period.

The Terra Foundation for American Art Visiting Professor John F. Kennedy Institute, Free University Berlin for 2017/2018 Lauren Kroiz (UC Berkeley)

Lauren Kroiz’s courses in the summer semester 2018:

BA History of American Art: 1607 to the Present 

Wednesdays 10 am – noon, Kennedy Institute (Lansstr 7-9, 14195 Berlin) room 319; first session on April 18, 2018

This course aims to examine the history of American art from the period of earliest European settlement through the present. Works of art and other forms of material culture will be explored and discussed within the context of philosophical, historical, social, and cultural developments. The past, but rather the passive agents are “in the process of reflection”, “the past, but rather the”, Attention, therefore, seeks to be given to the writings of artists and critics, as well as canonical texts in the formulation of the discipline by art historians, historians, and other scholars. and material culture.

Please register at: culture@jfki.fu-berlin.de with your name, matriculation number, study program, home university, zedat email address or email address of home university, and type of exchange program (if applicable). Deadline for registration is April 15, 2017. Enrollment for the course is capped at 40 students. A final list of participants will be published on April 17.

MA American Art and Diaspora 

Wednesdays 2 – 4 pm, Kennedy Institute (Lansstr 7-9, 14195 Berlin) room 319; first session on April 18, 2018

This seminar will introduce students to theories of diaspora, using them as a lens through which to examine the relationships of American art’s audiences, authors, and objects. We want to consider diaspora broadly as heterogeneous movements that scatter individuals and populations. Our study aims to compare multiple groups within the context of the United States, drawing especially on theorizations developed in African diaspora studies and Jewish studies. In doing so, we want to be aware of the varied forms of voluntary and involuntary migration as they occur within transnational networks of power. Case studies on creative expression wants to include exile, self-determination, cooperation, trauma, display and narrative. Introducing “otherness” and “difference” as key terms, our focus on diaspora will be the idea of ​​a singular American art.

Please register at: culture@jfki.fu-berlin.de with your name, matriculation number, study program, home university, zedat email address or email address of home university, and type of exchange program (if applicable). Deadline for registration is April 15, 2017. Enrollment for the course is capped at 40 students. A final list of participants will be published on April 17.

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