Spring 2018 Advanced Practice: Drawing: Materiality and Time – Mira Schor

Drawing: Materiality and Time

Mira Schor

Thursdays 12:10 – 2:50 PM

CRN: 2382

Mira Schor, Sketchbook Drawing: Red Black Flower, 2015. Ink and charcoal in Muji notebook, 7 3/4″x10″

Drawing is one of the oldest human activities and retains its importance as a basic and necessary human practice. This class will emphasize the deep pleasures and healing properties of the activity of drawing. In class you will draw. The goal is to give students the gift of time that comes being absorbed in the practice of drawing at a time when the pace of life including the demands of art school robs us of exploratory time. We will explore methods of liberating the imagination, expanding range of materials and marks, and connecting body to ideation. We will consider the affective qualities of the very diverse tools and means of drawing in history and today. Emphasis will be on material engagement and experimentation to expand on your own ideas and work. We will explore the possibilities of the expansive field of contemporary drawing for representation and process, indexicality and abstraction, engagement with perception and the body, the diagrammatic and the spatial.  The course will allow students to reinvestigate perceptual drawing and representation, as well as to use drawing as a space of ideation for large sculptural, time-based, or performative projects. It will allow for immediacy of creative experience and tangibility of thought. Class time will primarily be used for drawing with discussion but no critiques.

Mira Schor is an artist and writer noted for her advocacy of painting in a post-medium visual culture and for her contributions to feminist art history. Schor’s work balances political and theoretical concerns with formalist and material passions. Her work has included major periods in which gendered narrative and representation of the body have been featured; in other periods the focus of her work has been representation of language in drawing and painting. The central theme in recent paintings is the experience of living in a moment of incipient fascism, radical inequality, austerity, and accelerated time, set against the powerful pull of older notions of time, craft, and visual pleasure. Schor received her MFA in painting from CalArts in 1973. She is the recipient of awards in painting from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, Marie Walsh Sharpe, and Pollock-Krasner Foundations and of the College Art Association’s Frank Jewett Mather Award in Art Criticism. In 2017 Mira Schor was elected to the National Academy. Schor’s work has been included in exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, P.S.1, The Neuberger Museum, The Jewish Museum, and The Aldrich Museum.  She is represented by Lyles & King Gallery in New York City and by CB1 Gallery in Los Angeles.Schor is the author of Wet: On Painting, Feminism, and Art Culture, editor of The Extreme of the Middle: Writings of Jack Tworkov, and co-editor of M/E/A/N/I/N/G: An Anthology of Artists’ Writings, Theory, and Criticism and M/E/A/N/I/N/G OnlineSchor was awarded a Creative Capital / Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant in 2009 to develop A Year of Positive Thinking, a blog which includes writings on contemporary art, culture, and politics to accompany and provide a positive counterpoint to the publication of her 2009 book A Decade of Negative Thinking: Essays on Art, Politics, and Daily LifeShe is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Fine Arts Program at Parsons School of Design.