Tishan Hsu

BSAD, MArch, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Sculptor and painter; solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Mexico, and Europe; work included in major private and museum collections, including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, High Museum, Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), and Centro Cultural Arte Contemporaneo (Mexico City); honorary member, board of directors, White Columns, New York; recipient of grant from National Endowment for the Arts. SLC, 1994–

Undergraduate Courses 2017-2018

Visual and Studio Arts

Things and Beyond Representation

Open , Seminar—Spring

Permission of the instructor is required. Previous experience in studio art, which might include high school studio art, is required.

This one-semester studio course will explore the possibilities for creative production inspired by a range of inquiries that include readings, discussions, critiques, understanding the work of contemporary artists, and museum and/or gallery visits. In doing so, we will consider different ways of thinking about art, which will lead us to consider different ways of thinking about our selves, what we encounter, and what we produce as a result of an encounter. We will explore concepts as ways of discovering different subjectivities and situations in which art can become. We will take a global perspective in looking at contemporary art and consider the politics of representation in art: What does it mean to represent, and for whom can one speak? The course will experiment with how texts, images, discussions, and activity can alter one’s inner landscape, enabling different kinds of (art)work to emerge. Projects will consist of assignments and independent work generated in conference. A range of materials—such as cardboard, wood, metal, plaster, and digital media—will be available, along with technical support in the handling of these media. Experience in the visual, performative, industrial, and/or digital arts is helpful. For the interview, students are encouraged to bring images of work done in any of the previously mentioned practices or in any other practices that the student deems relevant to his/her idea of the course.

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Previous Courses

Things and Beyond

Intermediate , Seminar—Year
This course will explore the possibilities for creative production inspired by a range of inquiries, including readings, discussions, critiques, looking at the work of contemporary artists, and observing the work of students in the class as their work unfolds. We will be reading a range of texts, as well as making museum and/or gallery visit(s). In doing so, we will consider different ways of thinking about art, which will lead us to consider different ways of defining and producing art. We will explore concepts as ways of discovering different subjectivities and situations in which art can become. We will take a global perspective in looking at contemporary art. The course will experiment with the ways in which texts, images, discussions, and activity can alter one’s inner landscape, enabling different kinds of (art) work to emerge. This is predominantly a studio course that will incorporate a range of activities in conjunction with studio work. We will encounter materials such as cardboard, wood, metal, plaster, and digital media, with technical support provided in the handling of these media. Experience in the visual, performative, industrial, and/or digital arts is helpful.
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Expanded Sculpture II

Intermediate/Advanced , Seminar—Spring

This course will continue from Expanded Sculpture I, where we will explore how the artist develops an expanded practice of art making. The structure of a small seminar will allow more in-depth exploration of materials and processes related to object-making, as well as the integration of digital media into a sculptural conception. There will be readings and discussion on selected topics in critical theory that have shaped our understanding of culture and contemporary art as a whole. We will look at the transformation of global cultural practices and their impact on defining a sculptural space and discourse. We will explore several different conceptual frameworks for generating creative responses as a way of building an expanded practice. Students will have access to a range of materials such as cardboard, wood, metal, plaster, digital media, and mechanical systems—with technical support provided in the handling of these media. Experience in the visual, performative, industrial, and/or digital arts is helpful, as students will be expected to work independently. For the interview, students are encouraged to bring images of work done in any medium.

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First-Year Studies: Things and Beyond

Open , FYS

This course will explore the possibilities for creative production inspired by a range of inquiries, including readings, discussions, critiques, looking at the work of contemporary artists, and observing the work of students in the class as their work unfolds. We will read a range of texts, as well as visit museums and/or galleries. In doing so, we will consider different ways of thinking about art, which will lead us to consider different ways of defining and producing art. We will explore concepts as ways of discovering different subjectivities and situations in which art can become. We will take a global perspective in looking at contemporary art. The course will experiment with the ways in which texts, images, discussions, and activity can alter one’s inner landscape, enabling different kinds of (art) work to emerge. This is predominantly a studio course that will incorporate a range of activities in conjunction with studio work. We will encounter materials such as cardboard, wood, metal, plaster, and digital media, with technical support provided in the handling of these media. Experience in the visual, performative, industrial, and/or digital arts is helpful.

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