Classes meet in Mandeville 106
Office Hours – Tuesday 2:00-3:00pm, Wednesday 11:00 – 12:00pm
in VAF 511A
Author your self.
Over the course of the Winter Quarter, we will explore how self-portraiture
allows the artist to imagine persona and use the persona to his/her
aesthetic & conceptual advantage. Further, we will explore the ways
in which persona and aesthetics of narcissism intersect, looking with
specific attention at comic-perosonae and the self-deprecating comic
You should probably take notes. When films, artworks, artists are mentioned
in discussion or lectures, I suggest writing them down and then looking
them up later. The Geisel Library is good for this. Google is also easy
Collaboration is expected.
There will only be one assignment in which collaboration with a classmate
is required (Asgn #2). That said, I expect that students will often
collaborate, support, and otherwise contribute to the production of
There will be grades.
60% will be based on all assignments (exercises, quizzes, and papers).
30% will be based on class participation in discussions and critiques.
10% will be based on four museum/gallery visit reports (one-page)
(vists to UAG and Calit2 Gallery are mandatory. Other venues may include,
but are not limited to: MCASD, SDMA, MOCA, LACMA, Getty Museum, Hammer
Museum, Compact Space, MFA Thesis Exhibitions, AgitProp Space)
1. Make 3 30-second self-portraits, each stylistically distinct. Watch
2. Take only ONE of a classmates 30-second self-portraits and use it
as inspiration for a new 1:00 portrait of that person's persona.
3. Make a video in which you reveal something private about yourself,
but deliberately conceal something else private about yourself.
4. Explore your invented persona without using your own body or voice.
5. Make a work in which your persona is the object of the joke.
UM, PLEASE DO NOT SHOW:
1. alarm clocks
2. walking/running in Eucalyptus grove
3. working on a computer
4. stuffed animals
5. masculine self-discovery at La Jolla cliffs
updated January 12,