Please post at least two thoughtful comments on the readings for this week: pages 97-151 in the Goldberg book. You will also need to have your Performing the Self project ready to perform in class and have posted 4 links to your del.icio.us site.
Here are some considerations:
- Suggest a theoretical happening based on the tenants of the Bauhaus (descriptions of Bauhaus festivities and Schlemmer’s conceptual assertions might be a starting point.)
- What concerns of the period influenced the aesthetic investigations of the Bauhaus (re: interest in technology, etc.) and what parallel concerns of contemporary life might likewise influence your aesthetics?
- How do accounts of and artists statements regarding some of the early happenings in the 1950s-early 1960s fit in to class discussion regarding the need or lack of need for artist intent and responsibility? (ex., Alan Kaprow’s statement regarding 18 Happenings in 6 Parts: “the actions will mean nothing clearly formulable so far as the artist is concerned.”)
- Discuss and react to the social implications of the work of Klein, Manzoni, and Beuys; or defend the assertion that Joseph Beuys is the best artist ever.