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.
Seth Cameron is a painter and writer and part of The Bruce High Quality Foundation. The Foundation creates installations, videos, paintings, sculptures, performances, and institutions that reveal our collective creative agency within the seemingly monolithic forces of art and social history. The Foundation has exhibited in The Whitney Biennial, the Venice Bienniale, and the Lyon Bienniale. The past few years have included exhibitions with The Lever House, Vito Schnabel, Mark Fletcher, and Acquavella Gallery in New York; Galerie Bruno Bischofberger in Zurich; Almine Rech Gallery in Brussels; and McClaine Gallery in Houston. In 2012 the Foundation did a national arts education tour with Creative Time. In 2013 The Brooklyn Museum hosted its first museum retrospective. Cameron currently serves as President of BHQFU.