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.