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Last Thursdays of the month, 7pm / January 2015More
Mondays, 7pm / January 2015More
Tuesdays, 7pm / January 2015More
Show and Tell: Sculpture will focus on the aesthetic and conceptual frameworks surrounding “sculpture” focusing on group dialogue and discussion of particular works and projects. Every other week a visiting critic will join the class to give a presentation about an aspect of their work, and to discuss the work of 3-4 students. The following week the class will meet for a round table discussion about a specific topic and/or reading, and workshop the projects of 3-4 students. Students will be asked to attend every class and each student will have a chance to discuss their work with a visiting critic and/or more intimately with fellow classmates. Visiting critics will be announced the first day of class.
Wednesdays, 7pm / January 2015More
Every during spring semester, BHQFU will be open from for Study Hall. Need a climate-controlled environment to work on a drawing? Want to make lunch and catch up on some reading? Hit a wall with a project and need to bounce ideas off of somebody? Looking for free wifi? We'll be here! Various staff, faculty and surprise guests will be present throughout the semester at BHQFU. Come through!
Fridays 12 to 5pm / January 2015More
"Collage and the Grammar of Images II" is a studio that class which will veer wildly between a focused exploration of 'collage' as a specific artistic discipline with a specific history, and a broad application of 'collage' as a metaphor for the constant processes of theft, revision, dis-assembly and recombination through which culture takes its various shapes.
Topics will include: etymology, historical revisionism, film language, monsters, and all kinds of magic (there's a heavy emphasis on magic).
Classes will begin with a brief lecture and end with critique-style group discussions. But during most of class time participants will attempt their own acts of speech in the Grammar of Images - by making collages.
Eventually we'll make a book.
Saturdays, 3pm / January 2015More
Sundays, 3-5pm / January 2015More
Comedy Sketch Book is a course that will critically examine sketch comedy through the lenses of theoretical frameworks on humor and the history of contemporary performance art. A follow-up to fall 2014’s Humor and the Abject course, we’ll build upon concepts explored previously, though having taken Humor and the Abject previously is not a prerequisite. A combination of viewing and discourse will expose participants to a broad range of approaches to sketch comedy and the vocabularies and methods to dissect and contextualize them. The course will run the first half of spring semester, and participants should be prepared to allocate time outside of in-class meetings to view and read various assigned materials. We’ll compare and contrast mainstream and experimental/fringe approaches in the interest of understanding complex relationships between form and content across multiple media platforms and contexts.
Sundays, 6:00pm / January 2015More
BHQFU Night Live is a collaborative production. Course participants will assume various roles in the development and execution of a one-hour sketch comedy episode. This will include writing, acting, video and sound production/editing, and managing press and promotional materials. Through a rigorous schedule of workshops and rehearsals, we will complete the production for a summer 2015 release. The episode will also include contributions from guest artists from fall 2014’s Humor and the Abject course.
Sundays, 6:00pm / March 2015More
Sundays, 3pm / September 2014More
Sundays, 6pm / September 2014More
"How can I know what I think till I see what I say?"
In this class we will use drawing to see that we say and to know what we think. Drawing is a fundamental way to decode our thoughts: making blind drawings, movement drawings, weaving drawings, from live models, from performances, from film stills and video projections. Ultimately to better understand "drawing" and how it forms the foundation of our art.
Mondays, 3pm / September 2014More
Mondays, 7pm / September 2014More
Film/Video critique will facilitate an evolving conversation about approaches to contemporary moving image work through the work of class participants. This course will be capped at around 15 participants, typically with two people presenting during each session. Presented work can take the form of research, text, a film or video, a presentation etc. Film/Video Critique will run for six weeks from mid September to mid October.
Tuesdays, 7pm / September 2014More
This course will focus on sculpture in an artistic, curatorial and commercial discourse. Visiting critics include a variety of artists, curators, writers, and dealers by vocation. As a class we will pose the question:Where should, and does, sculpture go? The semester will be used to formulate an answer in dialogue with visiting guests. In conjunction, each week 2-5 students will be invited to bring their work in for critique, and to discuss their particular aesthetic, ideas, and intents. Field trips will also be available outside class, as decided on by the class.
Wednesdays, 7pm / September 2014More
Thursdays, 7pm / September 2014More
This class will be based on screenings of recent moving image work that offers multiplicitous impressions of the world as a whole rather than as composed of separate natural and social realms. Formally these artists combine heterogeneous production processes, found imagery, and artistic disciplines within a single work. Students examine the formal and conceptual qualities of film and video and learn how contemporary artists are exploring ecologies of images. The class will consist of short screenings and discussions of readings. Artists include Trisha Baga, Camille Henrot, Mark Leckey, Sterling Ruby, Jordan Wolfson, and more. This is an eight week discussion-based seminar running from mid October to mid December, and will be capped at around 25 participants.
Tuesdays, 7pm / October 2014More
Mondays, 3pm / October 2014More
Mondays, 7pm / November 2014More
This Summer, from June 1st to August 31st, BHQFU is hosting a special artist residency program at its Avenue A loft. Five artists selected from different backgrounds and disciplines share studio space to make, collaborate, and navigate the murky waters of cooperative space.
/ June 2014More
This class will explore the short story and the personal essay—the diminutive siblings of the novel and the memoir—and their relationships to each other. We will discuss issues of prose conception and creation and explore the seemingly opposing modes of fiction and nonfiction. We will examine the role of recreation and fabrication in narratives based on our “real lives” just as we will tackle how to best serve fictions with the stuff of our own personal experience.
Thursdays 7 - 9pm / January 2014More
This is primarily a critique group wherein students and guests will unpack performances, experiments, and presentations. Participants wishing to present or perform will be paired with a manager/producer (a classmate or guest.)
Fridays 7 - 9pm
Jan. 31 - May 9 / January 2014
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This course will meet every Monday to critique the work of three to five students per week with a guest critic present. Students will hang/install their work, and can select the date they go based on who they would like their guest critic to be. This course will meet weekly for 14 weeks.
Mondays 7 - 9pm
Jan. 27 - May 5 / January 2014
Chat Room is an invitation and application-based, 3-month long, 12 class course that focuses on one topic a week relevant to contemporary art and/or media theory through readings and discussion. Chat Room takes place IRL in NYC. Every class will feature a guest participant who wrote the reading of the week. Each class will also feature discussions about the work of the class's participants. Individuals will sign up in advance to have their work discussed on days of their choosing, with guests of their choosing. Classes will last and hour and a half with a 10 minute break halfway between.
Sundays 6 - 8pm
Feb. 9 - May 3 / January 2014
Sunday afternoon interviews with visiting guests, focusing on an artwork important to them. We will discuss painting, sculpture, performance, literature, poetry, and music as interconnected ways of thinking and being in the world. For instance, nightlife darling Juliana Huxtable will talk about the 19th-century hermaphrodite's memoir Herculine Barbin, while iconic abstract painter Dorothea Rockburne will discuss composer Carlo Gesualdo and his radical madrigals. As such, students should be interested in larger interdisciplinary issues of art, and come to class prepared for discussion.
Materials will be available online in advance, a book or screening each week.
Sundays 3 - 5 pm
Jan. 26 - May 11 / January 2014
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Film/Video Critique: Image Employment explores the moving image as a tool to investigate various means of contemporary production, labor, and employment. The course considers a broad range of practices from documentary filmmaking, video art, and motion graphics. Students examine the formal and conceptual qualities of film and video and learn how contemporary artists are exploring today’s modes of production. The class will consist of short screenings, discussion of readings, and students will be encouraged to produce work related to the presented topics. Work can take the form of research, text, a film or video, a presentation etc.
Tuesdays 7:30 - 9:30pm
Feb. 4 - May 6 / January 2014
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This course examines contemporary sculpture through the concept of criticism. Critique will be enacted and examined as a site of discourse that highlights particular questions around the production and reception of sculpture as an ever expanding mode of contemporary art practice; while also noting the semantic openings and limitations that arise when we discuss ideas around sculpture today.
Saturdays 3 - 5pm* see below
Feb. 5 - May 10 / January 2014
Every other Monday, 7 – 9 pm. / September 2013More
Family Dinner is a weekly think-tank that brings together ~ 20 young, independent and multidisciplinary New York City based artists and curators in a comfortable setting at BHQFU. We will meet over a communally cooked dinner to discuss the possibilities of independently organized “shows” in a variety of formats; physical, online, published etc. We will then follow through with 3-5 finished exhibitions spanning these formats over the course of the semester. We will also create 3 monthly zines focusing on documenting the output of the class, coordinated by Luck You Collective. In building the student base, I will focus on harnessing different groups to attend that already congregate as loose collectives in promoting their intrinsically DIY shows, and have them work though furthering that practice by becoming accountable for themselves and their collaborative efforts during the class. After the student base is solidified in the first weeks of September we will set the objectives listed above for these groups to work though. The dinner component will be lead by Luck You Collective, and the overall weekly schedule/syllabus will be moderated by myself.
Thursdays, 7 – 9 pm / September 2013More
This is primarily a critique course where students and guests will unpack the performances and experiments that the students deploy. Every participant wishing to present will be assigned a manager/producer. Every class will start with a period of private writing. All participants will then present something from their casual writings or describe something performative they’ve seen since our last session.
Exercises and experiments that have been culled from multiple sources of performance training will be explored by the group (reality TV, media coaching, clown school, Stanislavski, puppetry, Toastmasters International, clowns, weather reporting.) Every 4th meeting the last hour and a half of the course will be opened to the BHQFU community as an open mic.
At the end of every class we will take a thematic group photo.
Every other Friday, 7 PM - 10 PM+ / September 2013More
Chat Room is a course that focuses on one topic a week relevant to contemporary art and/or media theory through readings and discussion. Chat Room takes place IRL. Every class will feature a guest participant who wrote the reading of the week. Classes will last and hour and a half with a 10-minute break halfway between.
Sundays 6 - 8pm / September 2013More
This course will meet every other Tuesday to critique the work of two to three students per week: exploring image energy and visual fluency. Students will hang/install their work, and can select the date they go based on whom they would like their guest critic to be. Guests will include, Jarrett Earnest, Josephine Halvorson, Alex Katz and Karen Wilken.
Every other Tuesday, 7 – 9 pm / September 2012More
This weekly meeting is not a class or lecture—it’s movie night! It’s an opportunity to watch movies that you may have always meant to see, but somehow have never found the time to sit down and watch. Over the course of eight weeks, we will watch films from a wide range of periods, genres, and national contexts. These films are linked not by some common theme or subject matter, but rather by their continued, or recent, significance in cultural discourse. BHQFU Movie Night provides a chance to watch eight “must-see” films with popcorn, drinks, and friends—come one, come all!
Every other Tuesday, 8 – 10 pm / September 2013More
There are a lot of projects about free education that we want to work on this fall as BHQFU Fellows: forging credentials; researching and writing a free education wiki; working in public; modeling a radically transparent organization; connecting different groups; mapping resources; and organizing lectures, workshops, trainings, and skillshares. Every Wednesday evening we'll hold an open meeting where we discuss education issues, check-in on the projects we're working on, and spawn new ones. It'd be great to meet you and work together to advance the struggle for free education.
Wednesdays, 7 – 9 pm / September 2013More
A lecture series on Sunday afternoons at 4pm focused on education but inevitably tangential. Topics may include but will not be limited to: adderall, administrative bloat, anarchy, community, direct action, governance, history, jokes, money, MOOCs, standardized testing, and transparency.
Sundays, 4 – 6 pm / September 2013More
A series of Bi-weekly classes at BHQFU. They will encompass the various definitions of DIY from Silkscreening in your bathroom, Circuit-bending children's toys, to doing your taxes and more. These workshops emphasize the unlimited possibilities of being hands on, productive and creative in your own space. They are one-off and open for anybody to drop in and participate!
Overview for 8 Workshops
Zine Making with Luck You Collective
How to do Taxes with Haley Mellin
Silkscreening in your Bathroom
Scavenging Chinatown: Circuit bending Toys to make Musical Instruments
Sewing at home with Alice Tal
Vacuum Forming in your Kitchen with Jack Shannon
Plein Air Painting in the streets of NYC with Kathryn Kerr
DIY Pizza and Dumplings
Sundays, 4 – 6 pm / January 2013More
Chat Room is an invitation and application-based, 3-month long, 12 class course that focuses on one topic a week relevant to contemporary art and/or media theory through readings and discussion. The course is limited to 25 conversational participants, though there is plenty of room for people to audit as well.
Chat Room takes place IRL in NYC. Every class will feature a guest participant related to that class’s topic of the week and in many cases the required reading of that week will be written by the guest. Chat Room will be a chance to host and refine a conversation in physical space that is already occurring, albeit through passive viewership and ‘Likes’ on Facebook.
Classes will last two hours with a 10 minute break halfway between. Conversations will be lightly moderated to insure no one person or issue monopolizes discussion. Every invitee will be asked to contribute one work (an art project, image series, essay, etc.) in response to a topic discussed in class that will be included in a journal by and about the course at the end of the semester. The journal will feature essays, quotes, reproduced readings, and contributions from invitees.
The 25 participants pay $100, with $5 refunded at the end of the semester for every class attended. This means participants who fully attend the course will pay a total of $40 for the three month course. Auditors pay $120 to attend, totaling $10.00 per class. Money accrued goes towards the weekly guests and the end of semester journal produced.
This is the tentative class schedule. While most people below have confirmed for the dates listed it's likely some will reschedule or be unable to make it. Signing up for the course because there's a single person on this list you want to talk to is a bad idea. Please be flexible and I'll do my best to insure we have a quality guest and reading every week!
Jan 27: Rob Horning on his essay Hi Haters!
February 3: Lev Manovich: Image Processing, Image Now, Media After Software
February 10: David Joselit
February 17: Daniel Quiles
February 14: Kenneth Goldsmith
March 3: Mckenzie Wark
March 11 (Monday class): Hito Steyerl
March 17: Break
March 24: Andrea Fraser
March 31: TBA
April 7: John Kelsey
April 14: Boris Groys
April 21: Seth Price
Sundays, 6 - 8pm / January 2013More
This class is a design course that will approach design in terms of a mathematical relationship between things rather than the pursuit of a single form. Students will investigate and extract logic from ‘natural phenomena’ as it occurs in a variety of disciplines; biology, material science, mathematics, computation, etc.
These principles will then be translated to an architectural design strategy of a part to whole generative system to develop novel assemblies by repurposing everyday materials as a construction component. The goal will be to create beautiful physical examples of morphological structures embedded with complex information.
Mondays, 7 - 10pm / January 2013More
This course explores the process and application of collaboration in the artmaking context. Discussion topics will include notable collaborative groups (past and present) and practical challenges and solutions to cooperative practices, among others. While the class will include some discussion of historical context and research in this topic area, the primary focus of the course will be on the active practice of collaboration. Participants will engage in a series of collaborative pairings with fellow classmates during the course, examine the ongoing results of the process, and share final projects through a public event at the close of the semester. Final course projects may be actual or conceptual and will be decided on by each collaborative pair/group. Primary objectives for the course are to:
• Provide active experience in a cooperative practice
• Investigate challenges & problem solving in the creative process
• Provide a context for engagement across disciplines
• Create opportunities for further/future collaboration & cooperation
• Extend community discussion & access to collaborative projects
Artists/students from any creative discipline (visual art/performance/music/ architecture/interdisciplinary/other) are welcome. Previous collaborative experience is not required; both those new to cooperative practice and those from existing collaborative groups are welcome to apply. The course will be limited to 20 students, with an application process consisting of a brief email questionnaire clarifying interest in the course and background.
Mondays, 7-9pm / January 2013More
6 weeks - March 26th start date
This is hopefully a collective independent study course. A comparative study of the artistic traditions of India, China, and Japan, and how you incorporate this new knowledge into your own work may be emphasized. We can focus on the visual relationship of works of art to Confucianism, Buddhism, Kami-no michi, and Taoism, but we do not have to.
Field trips: TBA.
Tuesdays, 7 - 9pm / January 2013More
A democratic seminar class, keeping in mind Oscar Wilde’s advice "That we should treat all trivial things in life very seriously, and all serious things of life with a sincere and studied triviality." Ethics by way of examples, treated more like gossip.
What is important? will organize around a series of reports given by each class member and followed by a free roving discussion. It will examine the idea of importance, one of the last governing principles in life and in art. It will prompt us each to recount our own lists of those topics which strike us as vitally relevant, and to try to express why. Its goal is to ferret out some common standards of value, if any such things exist. It will be practice in the art of argumentation, analysis, and shooting the shit. A collage of subject-matter will emerge, building upon itself. In the end, possibly even some kind of provisional agreement.
Each class, 1-4 participants will guide the class a on a subject of their choosing for consideration and discussion. The subject should be one which the presenter knows well and feels somehow answers the course's question. Relevant texts in any medium may be assigned in advance. Students may collaborate on presentations.
Tuesdays, 7 - 9pm / January 2013More
This will be a class that will explore the inherent beauty and intrigue of Mathematics and Science. The main themes of this class could be categorized as deprogramming. We will discuss concepts which everyone can understand within a few minutes, but which yield very interesting models and results. These ideas are guaranteed to at least pique some interest and ideally reinvigorate and encourage further exploration.
Wednesdays, 7 - 9pm / January 2013More
This class explores the line between surveillance and documentation as well as the line between public and private. We will be focusing on observation as both a medium and a material. The class will look at how the prevalence of reality TV, social media and surveillance effect how we perceive ourselves, and each other. Together we will work on implementing these systems into the creative process through readings, assignments, and an ongoing project based on self-observation.
Wednesdays, 7 - 9 / January 2013More
This course is offered to Cooper Union upperclassmen working independently in any medium. Must be self-motivated. There will be group and individual critiques.
For non-Cooper students interested in auditing the course, please fill out the below form.
Thursdays, 2 - 5pm / January 2013More
Critique is the evaluation of choices. This course evaluates the choices manifest in the works of art and acts of speech of its participants.
Goals of the Course:
1. To enhance critical thinking skills through practice.
2. To concretely unpack issues of contemporary art and practice.
Class time will be devoted primarily to the critique of participant artwork (generally two presenters per class). Additionally, we will discuss current exhibitions, critical writings presented by the group (see below), and current/historical debates about the value of criticism. Exhibiting participants of the week may elect to open the BHQFU space to the public for a reception after class hours.
Readings: The Hedgehog and the Fox, Isaiah Berlin, Illness as Metaphor, Susan Sontag, A Rhetoric of Motives, Kenneth Burke, Art Critiques: A Guide, James Elkins. Participants will be asked to contribute readings to the class, specifically writings they consider to be criticisms. There will be two critiques held without artwork, once on the first class meeting, and once on March 28th. These are to offer a kind of baseline, to heighten our self-consciousness of the tools of critique.
Thursdays, 7-9pm / January 2013More
This course will investigate the real lives of individual contemporary artists living and working in NYC, and see how their tribal tendencies, neighborhoods, interests, and habits inform their lives and their work.
Focus will be on artists as they live through challenges ranging from finding the money to live, sustaining a studio practice, dealing with a shady dealer, managing a studio, to finding a mate. Students can present their own challenges for weekly group discussions, and each week we will visit or invite an artist, based on one student’s research, to perform an activity with. Students will be free to negotiate and propose a multitude of formats, from interviews, outings, physical challenges, poetry slams, baking activities, and karaoke, just to give some examples. However, the format chosen MUST represent a facet of the guest artist’s real life, and you are encouraged to take suggestions FROM THEM.
The student who has chosen the “artist” of the week is responsible for recording this activity, and it will be used in a final presentation for the class, which will be published online. The goal of this class is for participants to demystify the lives of the professional artists who they potentially admire, as well as better understand their relationship to the slippery identity of “artist”. And yes, this class will culminate in a “date an artist” party planned and promoted by the class, which will be open to all Brucers as well as the public.
Readings will include biographies, interviews, and articles focusing on the lives of artists, ranging from the Renaissance to today. This class will meet once a week for 14 weeks during the Spring semester, Thursday 7:30 - 10, with occasional weekend substitutions depending on “artist activities.” This course is participant driven, so all students must attend every class, and documentation of the events must be done within a week of the event and uploaded on our course blog.
Thursdays, 7:30 - 10 / January 2013More
Each session is three hours outside your comfort zone.
As the founding director of the Drawing Circus, about all I ask of my students is to “show-up,” not just physically, but like a SPICY CHINESE SAUCE. The DC has zest and substance and is therefore vastly more Interesting than a run-of-the-mill figure drawing class. Although it uses a performer it is NOT a figure drawing class. Here is why: It ENERGIZES and STIMULATES the mind which is the aspect of consciousness and intellect experienced as combinations of thought, perception, memory, emotion, will and imagination.
It possesses characteristics that I don’t think can be evaluated with the words, “I like,” or “I don’t like.” It brings contrast and flavor to the act of drawing. It makes you stand up and PAY ATTENTION. This is why it seems to cater to experienced participants although talented high school students have done very well. It deals with the participants IMAGINATION. It is NOT under the control of outsiders. Each student is in charge of his/her own work. I believe the Drawing Circus is a worthy and positive part of our society as a creative free flow of ideas. It is about BEING CREATIVE, staying with it and having an EXPERIENCE.
A Drawing Circus ® is a rendezvous with the unexpected • a creative encounter and a jump from the ordinary • an attitude • it is a continuous drawing work-out in an experimental studio setting that may favor chance operations • it is something to experience and interpret • it is an immersive experience • there is nothing to understand, it is work where you can just go and get lost • there are performing artists from theater and dance, costumed and nude • music and energy will fill the air • lighting will vary from bright and colored to dark • we celebrate messiness and contraryness • the evening will make you feel that you are completing, with your imagination and drawings the performance that is happening in the room • one sessio is three hours outside your comfort zone in a supportive and creative studio • depending on your involvement, this can be a perception- twisting, walk-in environment • the goal is to create a sense of adventure; there is always a lot to see, and drawing it helps you see it.
May 11 & 12 from 1-4pm / January 2013More