Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Intertextuality

Botticelli, Birth of Venus (ca. 1485)
Terry Gilliam. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
Caravaggio. Boy Bitten by a Lizard (1594-5) and Robert Mapplethorpe. Self-Portrait (1983)
Caravaggio. Sick Bacchus (1593) and Cindy Sherman. Untitled #224 (1990)

Caravaggio. Boy with a Basket of Fruit (about 1593-94) and Derek Jarman film still from Caravaggio (1986).
Caravaggio. David with the Head of Goliath (1610) and Mat Collishaw. Black Mirror, Hydrus (2014)
                      

Francis Ford Coppola. The Godfather (1972)
Film Still from The Sopranos Season 5, Episode 11: "The Test Dream" (2004)
The Sopranos Season 6, Episode 21: "Made in America" (2007 Series Finale) (David Chase HBO Series 1999-2007)
Kohler Existential Dilemma Commercial
The Man in the High Castle: Season 2 Episode 3 Travelers (2016). Juliana is asked for genealogy records at the Third Reich headquarters in NYC. This scene evokes the Joseph Losey Monsieur Klein (1976) medical examination scene. 



Friday, September 28, 2018

Art 1A Reader Fall 2018

Associated Students contacted me this morning to notify me that their file for our course reader was corrupt, and therefore they are reprinting all of the readers. However, they have printed out a complimentary packet for you containing two weeks worth of reading material.

Please stop by the Associated Students window to pick yours up. It will contain the following essays:

For October 2 & 4:
• Carl Matheson: The Simpsons, Hyper-Irony and the Meaning of Life

• Kelly L. Richardson. “Simpsons Did It!”: South Park and the Intertextuality of Contemporary Animation

• Joanna Woods-Marsden. Cindy Sherman’s Reworking of Raphael’s ‘Fornarina’ and Caravaggio’s ‘Bacchus’
• Michel Foucault. This is Not a Pipe (Excerpt)
• Scott McCloud: The Vocabulary of Comics 
(Excerpt)

For October 9 & 11:
• Walter Benjamin: The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
• Marshall McLuhan: The Medium is the Message
• Neil Postman: The Judgment of Thamus

The new course readers should be available starting on Tuesday, October 2, but this packet will have you covered through October 11.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

WELCOME TO ART 1A FALL 2018

Art 1A: Visual Literacy
University of California, Santa Barbara
Fall 2018
Instructor: Helen Taschian, Ph.D.
I look forward to meeting all of you in class when the quarter begins! Please be sure to go to Associated Students to pick up your course reader, and to the campus bookstore (or online HERE) to pick up John Berger's Ways of Seeing

See the class syllabus HERE and the weekly reading assignments HERE (both can be found in the course reader. There is a copy of the course reader and copies of John Berger's Ways of Seeing on reserve at the Circulation Desk at Davidson Library

Weekly Reading Summaries: Matheson, Richardson, McCloud and Foucault (Due: Tuesday, October 2. Revised Due Date: By Tuesday, October 9) 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

EXTRA CREDIT ASSIGNMENTS FOR ART 1A SUMMER 2018

This quarter you have several ways in which to either receive credit for missed assignments or receive extra credit, and you may do all of them. Each assignment has the same point value as a single essay from your weekly writing assignments, and you may turn them in between now and Thursday, August 2 in lecture. These extra credit assignments will raise your overall points for the 30% off your grade dedicated to your weekly writing assignments. The point value caps off at 100%.

TURN IN MISSED READING SUMMARIES:
You may turn in all of your missed writing summaries without any late penalty by Thursday, August 2 in lecture.

Here are the 8 reading summaries that were due throughout the quarter:
• Matheson, Richardson and McCloud (Due: Thursday, June 28)
• Berger (Chapter 1) and Benjamin (Due: Tuesday, July 3)
• Vivian Sobchack (Due: Thursday, July 12)
• Chandler and Barthes (one out of the four essays) (Due: Tuesday, July 24)

EXTRA CREDIT:
If you wish to improve your grade for the 30% total devoted to the weekly reading summaries, then you may submit a 1-page museum response paper for the Ja'Tovia Gary: A Care Ethic exhibition at the AD & A Museum UC Santa Barbara (July 14, 2018 to September 2, 2018). It is equivalent to a single article for the weekly reading summaries. Due Thursday, August 2.

ABSENCES:
If you have missed a lot of classes, it is a good idea to check with Echo to see how many unexcused absences you have accumulated. As you know, 3 or more unexcused absences result in failing the class. However, if you had emergencies, and can provide me with a note from your doctor, from Student Health, or from your CAPS Counselor (for the specific dates in question)– then those absences will be excused.

If you went to LACMA, or the MCA and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, be sure that your TA has your 2-page response paper and tweets. Remember that the all-day museum trips were in lieu of two lectures. Failing to go to LACMA, or to the alternative trip to the MCA and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art is equivalent to 2 absences.

If you still have a lot of absences, then there are two assignments that you can do to forgive up to 2 of them. Each will forgive a single absence, and you may do both. They are due by Thursday, August 2 in lecture.

1) Write a 2-page museum response paper for the Firooz Zahedi: That was Then, This is Now
exhibition at the AD & A Museum UC Santa Barbara (July 14, 2018 to September 2, 2018). Due Thursday, August 2.
2) Write a 2-page museum response paper for the Women of Impact: A Collaboration with Impactmania
exhibition at the AD & A Museum UC Santa Barbara (July 14, 2018 to September 2, 2018). Due August 2.

EXTRA CREDIT POINTS TOWARD RESEARCH PAPERS:

You may choose one of the following:

If you didn't do as well as you had hoped on your first research paper, or wanted to earn some extra points to raise that portion of your grade, then you may receive up to 10 points for writing a 3-page museum response paper about the In the Fields of Empty Days: The Intersection of Past and Present in Iranian Art exhibition at LACMA. The point value caps off at 100%.

If you couldn't go to LACMA, and went to the MCA and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art instead, then you may receive up to 10 points for writing a 3-page museum response paper about the Summer Nocturne: Works on Paper from the 1970s exhibition at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. The point value caps off at 100%.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Damned in the USA on Reserve at Kerr Hall for Art 1A and Art 130 Students

For those among you who want to watch Damned in the USA (Paul Yule, 1992. Call Number: DVD-1551), it is on reserve for you at Kerr Hall.

LocationDigital Editing Lab & Reserved Media Viewing Room Kerr Hall Room 1126. Be sure to bring your Student ID.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Marina Abramovic The Artist is Present is on Reserve for Art 1A and Art 130 Students

For those among you who want to watch Marina Abramovic The Artist is Present, it is on reserve for you at Kerr Hall.

LocationDigital Editing Lab & Reserved Media Viewing Room Kerr Hall Room 1126. Be sure to bring your Student ID.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Scholarly Research Training Workshop on Tuesday, July 3

Art & Architecture Collection at Davidson Library

On Tuesday, July 3, at 1:00pm, there will be a Scholarly Research Training Workshop in Davidson Library Room 1312 (1st Floor Mountain Side, adjacent to the Learning Commons). Please arrive on time since Chizu Morihara, from the Art & Architecture Library, will be starting the workshop promptly.