A NEW FIVE DAY IMMERSION CONTEMPORARY ART COURSE
Full five-day course -$500 General / $450 Members / $250 Students (with current ID and registration by June 15)
Day 5 only – $150 General / $125 Members / $75 Students (with current ID and registration by June 15)
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Since the mid-1990s, SITE Santa Fe has been at the forefront of the global international biennial scene. In fact, did you know that when SITE founded its Biennial in 1995, ours was the only international contemporary art biennial in the United States?! This short course, for art enthusiasts at all levels, looks back at the history of this global contemporary art phenomenon, takes stock of the current biennial scene, and looks to the future of this influential and highly visible exhibition model.
What exactly is an art biennial? What are the origins of this tradition? How has this genre of contemporary art exhibition evolved? And, given that there are dozens of these each year across the globe, what distinguishes each of them? This five-part course tackles these questions, and many others, beginning with the Venice Biennale (est. 1895) and the Carnegie International in Pittsburgh (est. 1896) and leading up to the present day. Surveying biennials, triennials, quadrennials, and more, the course considers not only the types of art and culture presented at these events but also the ways in which such events reflect important historical, political, social, and technological shifts.
The course will look back at the influence of world’s fairs of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries on these events and then travel through time, up until the present, to the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceana. In addition to early precursors like those in Venice and Pittsburgh, exhibitions to be studied, include those held in São Paolo, New York (Whitney Biennial), documenta in Kassel, Medellín, Gwangju, Poligráfica in San Juan, Philagrafika, Johannesburg Biennial, Istanbul Biennial, Manifesta (itinerant throughout Europe), and, SITE Santa Fe.
Tuesday, July 17
Introduction to early international contemporary art biennials
Instructors: Irene Hofmann and Jennie Hirsh
Wednesday, July 18
The Venice Biennale in depth
Instructor: Jennie Hirsh
Thursday, July 19
documenta in depth
Instructor: Candice Hopkins
Friday, July 20
The global proliferation of the Biennial
Pedagogy and the Biennial
Instructors: Jennie Hirsh and Joanne Lefrak
Saturday, July 21
11am-12:30pm Biennials in the Americas
Lunch as a group (included in the course fee)
1:30-3:00pm SITElines 2014 – 2018
Instructors: Candice Hopkins, Irene Hofmann, and Jennie Hirsh
Note: Saturday is a longer summary day, and is the only day offered as a stand alone single session for those who wish to only attend 1 segment of this course.