Instructor: Karen Gonzalez Rice, PhD
Classes: Thursdays from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
January 16, 23, 30, February 6 & 13
Before it became a hip buzzword for living with less, Minimalism was an art world phenomenon that shifted the landscape of contemporary art. Responding to the excesses of both Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art, Minimalist artists worked with pared-down forms, tools, and materials. They created a new kind of artistic practice that emphasized repetition and simplicity. In addition, many Minimal artists sought to move art beyond the gallery—to take art outside into urban and rural landscapes—as a way of creating more accessible, more democratic audience experiences. In this class, we will grapple with the mixed results of Minimalist experiments and explore artworks both abstract and concrete, inviting and confusing, egalitarian and elite. While Minimalism has often been represented in art history as white and male, in this class we will consider Minimalist artists with diverse identities and explore contradictory practices within the movement from an inclusive perspective. In the spirit of Minimalism, we will engage with our subject beyond the museum and make use of the rich resources of Minimalist art in and around New London.
Cost: $125.00 for members │ $150.00 for non-members
- The walk-in price for individual classes is $35 members / $40 non-members.
- No seat substitutes if you are unable to attend class.
Karen Gonzalez Rice’s approach to teaching and research is multidisciplinary, drawing on methodologies of contemporary art history, religious studies, American studies and trauma studies. Her courses at Connecticut College include Late 20th-Century Art, Seeing: Mona Lisa to Instagram, and upper-level courses such as Pop Art & Critical Visual Culture, and Radical Bodies: Contemporary Art & Action.