Explorations in the Arts (HUM 201)

This course fulfills the Creative Expression requirement


Section 01: Future Art, Fridays 3:45-6:15pm (online)
Instructor: Patty Gaughan

Naim June Paik – Electronic Superhighway

If, as Toni Cade Bambara says, “The role of the artist is to make the revolution irresistible,” how?? How do artists shatter the past & reassemble it into a new future? In this class, we’ll look at contemporary visual, performance, & video artists who reframe, rewire, & rewrite art history & popular culture. In our Zoom chats & live-Tweeting sessions, we’ll crack open our personal definitions of what art should be, in order to imagine what art could be.

Contact: pg1197@hunter.cuny.edu

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Pictured (from top left): Tampopo (1985, dir. Juzo Itami); classical / contemporary Anishinaabe composer Olivia Shortt; The Darlings in Quarantine (theatre, 2020); Okwui Okpokwasili in Bronx Gothic (Dance, 2017). 

Section 03, Wednesdays 10:10-1pm (online)
Instructor: Tanya Marquardt

This course focuses on the experiencing and understanding of temporal and spatial arts, namely film, music, theatre, dance, and visual art. Our aim is to cultivate aesthetic appreciation and enjoyment of various art forms and, moving beyond subjective responses, to use diverse analytical methodologies as a means to form critical opinions about each work verbally and in writing. 

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Section 04, Fridays 1:10-4pm (online)
Instructor: Justin Beal

Interior view of the new Museum of Modern Art including Pablo Picasso, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon 
(1907) and Faith Ringgold, American People Series #20: Die. (1967) 

 This section of Explorations in the Arts will focus on art and architecture in New York City. The class will look at art in major museums, commercial galleries, nonprofit institutions, public spaces and artists’ studios. 

 This semester, special consideration will be given to recent political and ethical conversations surrounding the role of art institutions and questions about the long-term impact of the current pandemic on the culture of the city. Much of this course may need to be conducted online, but as institutions reopen, I hope to add in-person visits to museums and galleries into the syllabus. 

Contact: justinbeal@gmail.com

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Marxism Will Give Health to the Ill, Frida Kahlo (1954)

Section 05, Thursdays 9:10-12:00pm (online)
Instructor: Alyson Greenfield

These sections of Hum 201 will be looking at the arts through the lens of storytelling, myth, adaptation, and social justice. Some highlights include virtually visiting Museo Frida Kahlo in Mexico City, and virtually attending MCC Theater’s Mean Girls; Or The African Mean Girls Play, and Panamanian modern dance choreographer Marlyn Attie’s Crush. We will also discover art that is currently being produced in NYC and across the world in response to both the Coronavirus and the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Section 06, Wednesdays 2:35-5:15pm (online)
Instructor: Stephen Foglia

How does a painting tell a story? What about a song? Plays and movies usually have strong narratives, but what happens when they start to act more like sculptures or essays? In this section of HUM 201, we’re going to explore the arts scene of New York City through the lens of storytelling, myth, and adaptation. 

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Section 07, Fridays 3:45-6:15pm (online)
Instructor: Colette Robert

This section of HUM 201 engages with theater, music, dance, film, and visual art. With a global pandemic that has temporarily shut down most of our physical arts venues and a national uprising in response to systemic injustice, students can expect to (virtually) explore how artists and cultural institutions are responding to this current moment.

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Section 08: Creation Curation (Re)invention Obsession Defacement Destruction, Thursdays 5:35-8:15pm (online)
Instructor: Gabriel Kruis

The Death of Michael Stewart, Jean-Michel Basquiat

For these sections, poet and essayist Gabriel Kruis will be your guide. Together, online, you’ll explore museums, meet artists, experience dance performances and a Broadway musical all while considering the role of the artist as a creator/destroyer, and the challenge of the curator to bring it all together.

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Section 09, Tuesdays 3:45-6:15pm (online)
Instructor: Bruce Payne

“Migrants left. They did not feel safe. It was not wise to be found on the streets late at night. They were arrested on the slightest provocation.”  Jacob Lawrence, 1940-41, Panel 22 from the Migration Series.

This  section is a newly designed seminar focused on connections between the arts and the continuing quest for justiceOpen to Hunter students who are hungry for compelling images and stories and who are looking for effective strategies of change, the course will be online. 

Contact: Nigel Philip at nigel.philip@gmail.com

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The Flag is Bleeding #2 (American Collection #6), 1997. By Faith Ringgold