Art, Communication, and Social Change
This undergraduate course explores the intersections of communication theory and fine art. The course evolves in three units: the relationship between images and ideas in art-making and art history; curatorial practice as communication and exhibitions as messages; and art institutions as dialogic spaces. We will explore the relationship between visual communication and art with attention to contemporary social issues.
The class will include several field trips to Philadelphia art institutions including the Institute for Contemporary Art and the Slought Foundation. For the final project, students will work in groups to re-envision the public art on Penn's campus as dialogic space by creating podcasts, guided walking tours, and/or performances.