Visual Studies

Summer Session 2016

Continuing CCA student registration for on-campus summer courses March 4-27; registration for nondegree students begins on March 28.

Intro to the Modern Arts / Online

Instructor: Maria Del Mar Gonzalez
VISST–108
Prerequisite: Writing 1 or Writing Skills Workshop, Intro to the Arts
June 20-August 12

This course is offered entirely online. Students must have access to their CCA Google account, a high-speed internet connection, and either a laptop or desktop computer throughout the course dates.

This course is a survey of the arts from the early 19th century to the present time. The class examines profound transformations within modern culture: mechanized industry and transportation, mass urbanization, individual expression, political pluralism, cultural extremism, the avant garde; and their impact upon the traditional arts of painting, sculpture and architecture. Also explored are the new mechanical arts of photography, film, and video. (3 credits)

This course satisfies the Introduction to the Modern Arts requirement.

Representing Israel/Palestine

Instructor: Noga Wizansky
San Francisco / VISST–200 / 15 sessions
Prerequisite: Intro to the Modern Arts
July 6-August 8, Mon./Wed./Thurs., 6-9 p.m.

This course explores topics in the art and visual culture of Israel/Palestine from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. We explore how the art of Israel/Palestine has been informed by questions of national identity; how artists working within different political and cultural contexts have represented land, borders, space, and place; how they have dealt with themes of immigration, settlement, Diaspora, and exile, collective memory and post-memory, identity and difference, trauma and loss, power, belonging, occupation, and dispossession. We also consider how artists connected to the region have consistently engaged with movements in the broader art world throughout the period under study, while bringing these into conversation with local practices and concerns.

Given that political tensions and violent encounters between the State of Israel and Palestine have long framed depictions of the region as one trapped in an intractable conflict between two divided societies, we pay particular attention to the ways art practitioners have challenged insulated national perspectives with works that envision possibilities for crossing these divides.  

We study these issues in a diverse range of visual materials, including painting/drawing, sculpture, film, photography, architecture, graphic novels, and crafts. Readings are drawn from sources within the visual disciplines: art history and theory, film studies, and visual cultural studies. We also delve into diverse texts -- political and journalistic essays, poetry, textbooks, media blogs -- that draw attention to the historical and social contexts informing the artists and art works in our study. (3 credits)

This course satisfies a 200-level Visual Studies requirement or a Humanities & Sciences Elective.

Art & The City

Instructor: Christian Frock
Oakland / VISST–200 / VISST-300 / 12 sessions
Prerequisite: Intro to the Modern Arts for 200 level; Writing 2, Intro to the Arts, Intro to the Modern Arts, Jr. standing for 300 level
May 24-June 30, Tues./Thurs., 9 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Let’s use the city as our classroom in the summer sun – this course is based on a series of explorations, walking tours and site visits to consider the role of art in cities and the value of art in public space.  What social and political influences factor into curating the art we see in everyday life? Drawing on the Bay Area as a laboratory for production, this course considers the role of art in public life, from historic works leading up to present day. The course looks specifically at the Bay Area’s rich mural history, its complex relationship with large-scale public art, the shifting dynamics of permanent and temporary artworks, and private/public initiatives.

How is the urban landscape impacted by the trend towards ephemeral gestures?  What lessons are embedded in the history of various initiatives?  What is revealed by the tendency towards “urban renewal” strategies initiated for real estate development? Students take fun excursions to critically evaluate the role of art around us with active deep looking in front of some of the Bay Area’s most important public art projects. 

Writing assignments aim towards using online platforms -- such as Wiki, Instagram or Yelp -- as spaces for informed student commentary; subversive uses of online platforms encouraged. Most classes meet at strategic spots throughout the Bay Area to look at artworks in person, all of the destinations accessible via BART. Required reading is sourced online and available for free; no texts are required for purchase to offset nominal transit costs. (3 credits)

This course satisfies a 200- or 300-level Visual Studies requirement or a Humanities & Sciences Elective

The Silk Road Then & Now, A Journey Through the Arts of Asia

Instructor: Hossein Khosrowjah
San Francisco / VISST–300 / 15 sessions
Prerequisite: Writing 2, Intro to the Arts, Intro to the Modern Arts, Jr. standing
July 6-August 8, Mon./Wed./Fri., 6-9 p.m.

For more than 2000 years, the Silk Road(s) carried more than commercial goods through Asia (more accurately through Eurasia): it was an instrument of globalization long before the term was coined and deployed to describe the transnational flow of capital, ideologies, politics, media, and cultural practices in our own epoch of late capitalism.

This course offers an historical overview of the role that the Silk Road played in the transmission of religions, cultures, and the arts from their local origins to all other regions of the entire continent of Asia (in its expanded sense and not the modern colonial definition of just East and South Asia). The main focus, however, is on various traditional and contemporary artistic practices of each region through a close examination of exemplary cases from the eastern, southern, central, and western parts of the continent, as well as a serious consideration of their interconnected-ness.

The class includes an on-site visit to the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco on Thursday evening, June 18th, to see and discuss the special exhibition, Woven Luxuries: Indian, Persian, and Turkish Textiles from the Indictor Collection. (3 credits)

This course satisfies a 300-level Visual Studies requirement or a Humanities & Sciences Elective.

The following summer study-abroad courses also satisfy a Visual Studies requirement:
Japan: Manga, Animé, & Beyond
European Design Capitals: London, Milan, Amsterdam
London/Paris: Across the Pond