AESTHETICS & VALUES IDH 3034 (Fall) and IDH 3035 (Spring) Fridays 14:00 to 16:45 (02:00PM – 4:45PM)
FACULTY John William Bailly ￭ email@example.com ￭ Office Hours by appointment
COURSE DESCRIPTION The Aesthetics & Values seminar examines the vital role visual art plays in the social and cultural dialogue surrounding controversial issues. It investigates how artists have challenged or enforced authority by creating new aesthetics. It further explores how art is used to initiate, accelerate, or combat social change. The heart of the course is the Aesthetics & Values Research and Exhibition Project. This annual project provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their resourcefulness and creativity through the research, curation, and organization of an on-campus exhibition of contemporary Miami artists. After forming committees (Exhibition, Fundraising, and Public Relations) and assuming personal tasks (designing a website, soliciting funds, preparing a press release, etc) students are responsible for coordinating all aspects of the exhibition, including selecting artists, securing funding, negotiating gallery space, working with university administration, and managing local media.
REQUIRED TEXTS & FILMS The following required text course materials may be purchased in either print or e-book format. Films are available at either FIU Libraries or Miami-Dade County Public Libraries.
Fall – Ellis, Bret. American Psycho. New York: Vintage Books, 1991. ISBN: 9780679735779 – Frankfurt, Harry G. On Bullshit. Princeton University Press, 2005. ISBN: 9780691122946
Spring – Blanco, Richard. Directions to the Beach of the Dead. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2005. ISBN: 9780816524792 – Brown, Dan. The Da Vinci Code. Garden City: Doubleday, 2003. ISBN: 9780307277671
COURSE CALENDAR Course Calendar is on Google Calendar. Students will be provided with a link to calendar.
GRADING RUBRIC Each student accrues points over the length of the semester. The final semester point total equals a letter grade based the official FIU grade scale (Note: Please disregard the Blackboard percentage).
Fall Class Participation: 10 points A&V Art Service Project: 15 points A&V Exhibition Project: 20 points Untitled as Text: 10 points Garbage Wall as Text: 10 points Lowe as Text: 5 points Deering as Text: 5 points Vizcaya as Text: 5 points Quiz On Bullshit and Rape of the Masters: 5 points Quiz American Psycho: 5 points Quiz A&V Excursions: 5 points Quiz A&V Lectures: 5 points
Spring A&V Research Project: 15 points A&V Exhibition Project Individual Component: 20 points A&V Exhibition Project Group Component: 20 points Margulies as Text: 5 points Rubell as Text: 5 points Design Miami as Text: 5 points PAMM as Text: 5 points Deering as Text: 5 points Vizcaya as Text: 5 points Quiz Directions to the Beach of the Dead: 5 points Quiz Da Vinci Code: 5 points Quiz Deering Estate: 5 points
Criteria for Aesthetics & Values Grades In the Fall semester both the A&V Individual Artist and A&V Group grades are combined into one. In the Spring semester Student-Curators will earn two separate grades.
A&V Individual Artist Participation
(Contributions in relation to your particular A&V artist)
- completion of tasks for Individual Student-Curator Groups
- solicitation of artist
- communication with artist
- interview artist
- retrieve information from artist (catalogs, cv, images, artist’s statement, etc)
- photograph artist and environment
- 250 to 300 word bio of artist
- select artworks for A&V exhibition and collect info about those works
- create labels
- participate in installation and de-installation of the artist’s works
A&V Project Participation
(Contributions to the A&V Project)
- Respective Committee work – completion of tasks
- Contributions to other A&V Committees
- Involvement and contributions to CSO Aesthetics & Values Club
- participation in virtual class discussion (posting on web A&V Blog, A&V Discussion Board and/or A&V social media)
- Independent initiatives
Class Participation Criteria 1. participation in class discussions
- attendance to class and class excursions
- preparation for class
- concentration in class (no texting, no sleeping, and so forth)
Final grade/total points equivalency 100.0 – 92.00: A 91.99 – 90.00: A- 89.99 – 87.00: B+ 86.99 – 82.00: B 81.99 – 80.00: B- 79.99 – 77.00: C+ 76.99 – 70.00: C 69.99 – 60.00: D 59.99 – 00.00: F See project points equivalency on this page.
ATTENDANCE POLICY Each student is allowed one absence per semester. Every absence in excess of this will drop the student’s final semester grade by one full letter grade. Three or more absences will result in an “F” for the semester.
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