Spring 2022 BFA Electives, Topics in 2D: Other Spaces – Peter Rostovsky


Image from left to right: Julie Mehretu, Vilhelm Hammershøi, Nicole Eisenman, Francois Schuiten, René Magritte, Kerry James Marshall.

Topics in 2D: Other Spaces

PUFA 3220; CRN 5239

Painting has long sought to capture other spaces, whether they are threshold zones, fantastical landscapes, sites of difference, or hidden aspects of the everyday. This class offers students the chance to explore territories both real and imagined through discrete painting projects that connect to their unique interests. Drawing inspiration from Michel Foucault, N.K. Jemisin, J.G. Ballard, and artists like Julie Mehretu, Vilhelm Hammershøi, and those working in illustration and the popular arts, the class encourages students to both imagine and observe more keenly while learning the materials and debates of painting. Through a series of readings, studio visits, field trips and critiques, the class will explore the other spaces that painting makes legible while revealing the otherness of our own.

Open to: Bachelors degree in Fine Arts majors, others by permission of the Fine Arts program. Pre-requisite(s): PUFA 2200 Core Studio 1: Sign & System, PUFA 2220 Core Studio 1: 2D, and at least one of the following: PUFA 2230 Core Studio 1: 3D or PUFA 2240 Core Studio 1: 4D.