Upper Division Interdisciplinary Studio

Art & Crime: Creative Pursuits Around Breaking the Law

Instructor: Kota Ezawa
SF / UDIST–300 / 15 sessions
Prerequisite: Jr standing
August 4-22, Mon.-Fri., 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The connections between art and crime are countless. Art theft and forgery produce headlines with great frequency. Well known artworks have been physically attacked and vandalized using knifes, acids, paints and other tools. Crime has inspired significant works of art,from Wegee's crimes scene photographs to Andy Warhol's "13 Most Wanted Men." Art has also functioned as a platform to bring attention to the living conditions of prison inmates.

Students in this course will produce works in visual art, film and writing in response to visits of criminal justice institutions, conversations with inmate rights activists and discussions with artists whose work has been subject to legal controversy, censorship or confiscation. The course will provide a foray into Ai Wei Wei's forthcoming exhibition at San Francisco's landmark prison Alcatraz through meetings with organizers of the event. Each student will realize a project that will reflect crime in its research, form of execution or presentation context.  While students are obligated to respect laws of civil conduct they are encouraged to break any barrier confining their medium, practice or approach.

This course satisfies an Upper Division Interdisciplinary Studio requirement or a Studio Elective.

The following summer study abroad and off-campus courses also satisfy an Upper Division Interdisciplinary studio:

Italy: Art and Contemporary Culture
Marfa Fieldwork Project
Paris: Animation by Design
Scotland/London: Rural/Urban