July 27, 2020

English Through Art: Final Project

By Christine J. Trotter

Header image: “The Magical Forest Sculptures” by Spencer Byles

In Spring 2020, the ELI class English Through Art studied artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Banksy, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Georgia O’keeffe, El Anatsui, Martin Puryear, Titus Kaphar, Trevor Paglen, Daiga Grantina, and Frank Lloyd Wright. They visited exhibitions on site and virtually at the New Museum, the MoMA, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, NYU Grey Art Gallery, and the Whitney.

After a semester of explorations, the students presented end-term projects that mirrored their newfound ideas on art.

The instructor Robyn Vaccara describes the project in this way:

“Reflecting on a semester of artist studies, individual research, and onsite as well as virtual exhibition visits, English Through Art students provided their own answers to the following questions:

  • What is art?
  • How is art exhibited and why is this important?
  • What is the future of art?

The students did some amazing work in tackling these difficult questions.”

Below are photos of some slides from the students’ presentations.

What is Art? Can Withstand the test of time
Top Row, Left to Right: Anna Edlinger, Instructor Robyn Vaccara, Yen-Chun Lin (Alex); Middle Row: So Joung Kim, Ching Yee Lam (Cara), Jiaxian Le (Ellen); Bottom Row: Besnik Shala
 What is Art?  'Everything has it's beauty, but not everyone sees it." Andy Warhol
What is Art?
2. How is art displayed and why is this importnant? Truth
How is Art Displayed?  Different Forms: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture
3. What is the future of art? Digital art
Trevor Paglen, Frank Lloyd
Future of art
Why is This Important? Make the world better
“The Magical Forest Sculptures” by Spencer Byles

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Robin Vaccara, Clinical Assistant Professor, teaches in ELI’s Comprehensive English Program. Formerly, she served as Director of the ELI.

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