Course: Methods of contemporary art and curatorial practice

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Course title Methods of contemporary art and curatorial practice
Course code KDT/830
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Frequency of the course Each other year
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Koleček Michal, prof. Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
These informations are in the annotation of the course.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Learning outcomes
The subject focuses on the issues of developing methods and theory of art history, and curatorship in both global and Czech context. Teaching consists of lectures and seminars based on active teamwork with students. The course is divided into two parts. The first part interprets methods of art history from Marxism through feminism to postmodernism. The second part is devoted to a brief history of curatorship based on specific examples. Students analyze individual methodological approaches in in the course of the art history and apply their knowledge freely when analyzing academic texts. Furthermore, in the field of curatorship, the students are able to transfer their knowledge into creating their own curatorial projects. 1) Introduction. Methods of art history, theory vs. methodology, basic terms of art history, New Art History. 2) Artistic contexts. History and ideals. Marxism and materialism. Why there is no Marxism in Czech art history? 3) Analysis of the form, the sign, and the symbol. Semiotics: Saussure, Peirce, Barthes. 4) Feminism. Queer theory. Gender in art. Visual pleasure and narrative cinema. Why there are no female artists in the art history? Laura Malvey, Linda Nochlin, Martina Pachmanová. 5) Psychoanalysis and art history. The Gaze. Visual perception. Sigmund Freud and art. Jacques Lacan - Study of the mirror as formative of the function of the I as revealed in psychoanalytic experience. 6) Post-structuralism: Michel Foucault. Deconstruction: Jacques Derrida. Postmodernism. 7) Visual theories in Anglo-American thinking. 8-10) Brief history of curatorship. 11-14) Curatorial practice: Artists in the position of curators. White Cube vs. non-profit gallery space. Institutional criticism. Interpretation of contemporary art. - A discourse on a specified text, minimum duration 20 min. - An essay on the presented topic in the extent of 5 standard pages - The oral exam follows the analysis of the essay and verifies the knowledge of the subject matter discussed at the seminars and the list of required readings - There will be a fifty-fifty proportion of lectures (monologues) and active participation of students in the course (dialogues).
The gained capabilities constitute an encompassment and an aquirement of knowledge and experience in the given field of study, they result from a concrete annotation of the subject and are aimed at a profile´s fulfilment of the graduate of the given field of study.
Successful completion of the previous study

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam
Recommended literature
  • Bhandari, Heather Darcy; Melber, J. Everything You Need to Know (and Do) As You Pursue Your Art Career. New York, 2009.
  • Bourriaud, N. PostProduction. Tranzit Praha, 2004. ISBN 80-903452-0-4.
  • D´Alleva, A. Methods & Theories of Art History. Londýn, 2005.
  • eds. by Charles Harrison & Paul Wood. Art in Theory 1900 - 2000: An Anthology of Changing Ideas. New Editon, Blackwell Publishing, 2003.
  • Greenberg, B.; Ferguson, B. W.; Nairne, S. Thinking about Exhibitions. Routledge, 1996.
  • Chalumeau, Jean-Luc. Přehled teorií umění: Přehled filosofie a historie umění a kritiky. Praha, 2003.
  • Iser, W. Jak se dělá teorie. Praha. Praha, 2009.
  • Kesner, L. (ml.). Vizuální teorie: Současné anglo-americké myšlení o výtvarných dílech; 2. rozšířené vydání. Jinočany, 2005.
  • Korecký, D. Médium kurátor: Role kurátora v současném českém umění. Praha, 2009.
  • Kroupa J. Metody dějin umění: Metodologie dějin umění 2. Masarykova univerzita, 2010.
  • Merincola, Paula. What Makes a A Great Exhibition?. Philadelphia, 2006.
  • Morganová, Pavlína. Začátek století. Plzeň, 2012.
  • My name is Charles Saatchi and I am an Artoholic. My name is Charles Saatchi and I am an Artoholic. Phaidon, 2009.
  • Obrist, Hans Ulrich. Stručná teorie kurátorství. Kutná Hora, 2012.
  • Pospiszyl, T. (ed.). Před obrazem, Antologie americké výtvarné teorie a kritiky. OSVU, Praha, 1998.
  • Schubert, K. The Curator´s Egg: The Evolution of the Museum Concept From the French Revolution to the Present Day. London, 2009.
  • Sturken, M., Cartwright, L. Studia vizuální kultury. Portál, 2009.
  • Sýkorová, Lenka. Konečně spolu. Česká nezávislá galerijní scéna 1990-2011. Ústí nad Labem, 2011.
  • ŠEVČÍK, Jiří, MORGANOVÁ, Pavlína, NEKVINDOVÁ, Terezie, SVATOŠOVÁ, Dagmar (eds.). České umění 1980-2010: Texty a dokumenty. Praha, 2011.
  • Thea, Carolee. Interwiews with Ten International Curators. New York, 2009.
  • Thompson, Don. Jak prodat vycpaného žraloka za 12 miliónů dolarů. Zlín, 2010.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Art and Design Curatorship Studies (A) Art and applied art 1 Summer