New Open Arts Courses Spring 2017

New Open Arts Courses 2017

New Open Arts Courses 2017

Open Arts is thrilled to introduce new and exciting courses for NYU students for Spring 2017, including Art Matters, a new 2-point master class lecture series, as well as a brand new series of 1-point weekend workshops.

ART MATTERS: From Artists to Action

OART-UT 300 / 2 units / First seven weeks only

What subject matters do we discuss through art?
Why does art matter as a cultural enterprise?
What is the artist’s relationship with the community/audience?
How do social, cultural, political ideas influence the artist’s motivation?

ART MATTERS invites Tisch Artists in Residence into the classroom to share insights about their work, including their methods, successes, failures, as well as their relationship with their community, workspace, collaborators, and audiences. Students will explore what motivates the artist and what paths they take to articulate their ideas into creative projects. The visiting artists will be prompted to address what matters to them as artists and scholars and global citizens; questions will be posed, including: what are the ways artists respond to the matters that affect their communities? What role do they play in raising issues of resonance/urgency and what are the challenges to effecting change through artistic research and practice? Each week the visiting artist will engage with a series of questions pertaining to the “matters” of making work and the significance of why their work “matters”.

*Humanities credit for TSOA students


Jill Sigman is an artist who choreographs with bodies and materials. Her work exists at the intersection of dance, visual art, and social practice. She has built huts out of trash in places such as The Ringling Museum of Art and a fjord in the Arctic, and used them as sites for performance and community discussion. She has stored seed, cultivated weeds, and created sculptural installations and dances based on them. She has studied permaculture and created movement scores that embody its principles; volunteered on urban farms and planted a field of kale in performance; and danced in a ring of 3,000 broken eggshells containing people’s answers to the questions “what have you broken?”, “what have you lost?” and “how would you like to die?”.

Art & Technology: Concepts, History, Principles

OART-UT 1058 / 4 units

Thesis: All art uses technology. Technology is not art. Whether a work of art is created to bridge the supernatural, convey experience, thought, or a world view, or something more, art is a three letter verb representing the result of an individual’s desire to create difference.

This course is an exploration of the relationship between art and technology over time with an emphasis on work of the late 20th century and the dawn of the 21st century. During class we will examine recurring artistic concepts and consider how technology interprets the expression of these ideas.

Language as Action: Writing the World

OART-UT 1504 / 4 units

In this class we will study and engage language as a live organism, literature as a site for encounter and unearthing. We will read poems, plays and nonfiction by contemporary American and Anglophone writers globally whose works are changing culture, eradicating invisibility and building new languages. The works we read will put into question conventional labels and terminologies, enter new spaces of human and literary ecologies. This course will explore the self and the world; imagination, language, society and action. The works read and the creative writing assignments and exercises will provide the imaginative background for writing our words, our cultures and engaging in action through language bearing in mind that literature is “a key piece of democracy.” (Eileen Myles)

*counts towards General Education Humanities

Writing Your Life

OART-UT 1047 / 4 units

If autobiography is a retelling of the events of your life from beginning to end, then memoir—from the French for “to remember”—is an examination of some events of your life through a particular frame. We tell stories drawn from our lives all the time, but we sometimes fail to consider the themes and ideas that connect those stories with themselves and with each other; that failure robs us in turn of the opportunity to understand better both the world and ourselves. Each week of this course you’ll both read and write thoughtful memoir; by the end of the semester, you’ll be able to write reflectively about your own past, examining not just the stories you tell about your life but also those stories’ deeper meanings, their part in shaping your identity, and their echoes in your present and your future.

1-Credit Workshop: Explorations in Embodied Performance

OART-UT 143 / 1 unit (weekend only)


(takes place over two weekends in February)

This workshop is designed to get you out of your head and into your body. This introduction to physical theater and heightened realism is based on a systematic and original performance methodology that is a fusion of physical theater modalities culled from Western practices (Psycho-physical actions, Viewpoints), Eastern practices (Butoh, Kundalini yoga) and related performance disciplines (Mask, Puppetry).