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Jul 23, 2014

Professor's productive year saw exhibitions, acquisitions, residencies, travel, and press

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Jul 22, 2014

CIA grad's iconic monument to be rededicated

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Jul 05, 2014

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Assistant Professor Jimmy Kuehnle recently performed a test run of his giant inflatable sculpture, which will soon be installed in the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in the exhibition ôState of the Art: Discovering American Art Now,ö in CIAĺs parking lot. Read more in this article from The Plain Dealer.

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Jul 22, 2014

Thursday night concert series rocks CIA's neighborhood

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Jun 25, 2014

Cuyahoga County unveils county seal designed by CIA student

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2014 Faculty Exhibition

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Jul 28, 2014

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Aug 20, 2013

CIA named one of the "Best in the Midwest"

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Nov 15, 2014

Fall 2014 Open House

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Art History, Theory, Criticism Emphasis: Senior Research Paper

Course No. ACD415  Credits: 3.0

Research paper required of seniors pursuing the Visual Culture Emphasis. Not open as an elective. Offered spring. Pass/fail.

Art of China

Course No. ACD365  Credits: 3.0

The primary goal of this course is to explore the art and culture of China (including mainland China and Taiwan). Political, religious, social, and visual aspects of the art will be stressed in class. In order to understand Chinese art and civilization, we will look at art objects from terra-cotta pottery of the Neolithic period, bronze vessels, Buddhist murals and sculptures of the Tang era, literati paintings and imperial tastes of medieval China up to contemporary art. Subjects such as women artists and performing arts will be also discussed in this course. As the semester progresses, some additional readings may be assigned. Visual Culture Emphasis course.

Art of East Asia

Course No. ACD373X  Credits: 3.0

This lecture/discussion-style course is to explore the art and visual culture of East Asia, focusing on Japan and China. Political, religious, social, and visual aspects of the art will be stressed in class. In order to understand art and civilization of these two countries, we will look at art objects from ancient archeological objects, medieval architecture, to modern and contemporary art. Subjects such as women artists, performing arts and animation will be also discussed in this course. Visual Culture Emphasis course.

Art of Mesoamerica

Course No. ACD353.1  Credits: 3.0

In this course we explore the fascinating and advanced civilizations that were in existence in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Belize before Western Europe began its voyages of discovery. We study the different cultures from the Olmec to the Aztec with special emphasis on the very sophisticated Maya civilization. Their complex hieroglyphic language has yielded in recent years to decipherment and Maya history has been recreated. We look at their art, architecture and crafts as well as their unique calendars and cosmology. We watch the indigenous American civilization come into being, develop and mature, only to be devastated by the Spanish Conquest. The class involves lectures and discussion. We have a mid-term, a special project or major paper, and a prepared final. The Institute's library is particularly rich in this field and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History also has an interesting collection. Visual Culture Emphasis course. 3 credits.

Art of the Personal Essay

Course No. LLC373W  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Daniel Tranberg

In this workshop course we will work on developing an understanding of the personal essay as a distinct yet flexible nonfictional genre, one possessing its own characteristics and contours that distinguish it from other literary forms. You will also work in this course on the craft of writing and revising your own personal essays. To these ends, we will be reading a number of works that demonstrate the essay’s protean adaptability. Texts will be drawn from Phillip Lopate’s anthology The Art of the Personal Essay, as well as from other sources, including selected blogs, nonfictional texts by visual artists, as well as the online compilation Quotidiana. (H/CS)(CWC)

Art Since Abstract Expressionism

Course No. ACD368X.1  Credits: 3.0

Abstract Expressionism. the first grand American art movement, is by now well understood. But what happens after that? That question is difficult to answer. We will look at earth art, minimalism and pop art in the 1960s, focusing on the role of Andy Warhol. We will pay special attention to the art and writings of Robert Smithson, and to such figures as Gordon Matta-Clark and Bas van Ader. Then we will consider how abstraction became an ongoing tradition, studying the painting of Robert Ryman, Robert Mangold, Brice Marden, and the most important abstract painter of this period, Sean Scully. In the 1980s, figurative art was revived. We will look at such figures as David Salle and Julian Schnabel. In this period, feminism became very important both for the theory and the practice of art. We will focus especial attention on the photography of Cindy Sherman. The past twenty years remain very hard, still to understand. What new movements and individual artists have emerged? And how has the role of art writing changed? We will offer tentative answers to these questions. Three essays are required. There is no final exam. Visual Culture Emphasis course. 3 credits.

Art Writing

Course No. ACD303  Credits: 3.0

How do we describe visual works of art in words? The aim of this course is to introduce some models of art writing, discuss the theory of this important activity, and then get the students to practice that activity by writing about the art of some CIA senior painters. We begin with an historical study of the How do we describe visual works of art in words? The aim of this course is to introduce some models of art writing, discuss the theory of this important activity, and then get the students to practice that activity by writing about the art of some CIA senior painters. We begin with an historical study of the practice of art writing. Then we focus on the theories of art writing developed by some influential contemporary art critics. Finally, we arrange for these CIA painters to visit the class, talk about their art, and then make appointments to talk with students in the class. Visual Culture Emphasis course. 3 credits.

Artist as Author

Course No. ACD482X.1  Credits: 0.0

This course will investigate the differing practices and modes of thought that intersect the practice of the Artist. To do this the course will track the analogous discourse concerning authorship that begins with the advent of Modernism and contributes significantly to the development of╩ Post-Modernist - Thought.╩ By constructing a genealogy of those theorist who have most significantly╩ addressed the question╩ What is an Author,╩ this question will not only permit students to build a model of authorship for themselves, but also come to an understanding that discourses are tran-historical and emerge from one generation addressing the concerns of another.╩╩ This will permit them an insight into the historical development of theory, practice and thou ht╩ how these╩ produce differing though not necessarily opposing stances that both form and objectify our self-conception ( subjectivity). Visual Culture Emphasis course. 3 credits.

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