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1001_002, Lecture I: What is Creativity? What is art?

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January 19, 2012

1001_002, Lecture I: What is Creativity? What is art?

Lecture given Thursday Jan. 19, 2012.



January 19, 2012


  1. What  is  Crea+vity?  What  is  Art?   Reading   Ar+orms,

     1-­‐18     Terms/Concepts   Art,  ar+st,  crea+vity,  art  as   informa+on,  art  as  tool,   art  as  prac+ce,  art  as   expression,  art  as  form,   art  for  art’s  sake,   aesthete,      
  2. Why  this  Class?  

  3. What  is  your  rela+onship  to  art?  

  4. What  is  Crea+vity?  

  5. Crea+ve  A?tudes   Curiosity   “What  if…”   Big  Picture

      Openness     New  Point  of  View   Find  Order  in  Disorder   Risk  Taking   Flexible  Iden+ty   Empathe+c   Spontaneity   Dynamic   Experien+al   Experimental   Mul+cultural   Unconven+onal   Divergent  Thinking    
  6. Crea+ve  Exercise   Bob  and  Carol  and  Ted  and  Alice

     all  live  in  the   same  house.  Bob  and  Carol  go  out  to  a   movie,  and  when  they  return,  Alice  is  lying   deadon  the  floor  in  a  puddle  of  water  and   glass.  It  is  obvious  that  Ted  killed  her  but  Ted   is  not  prosecuted  or  severely  punished.  
  7. Remote  Associates  Test   Law,  birthday,  swim   Twister,  lash,

     +ed   Super,  ship,  gazer   Bear,  comb,  moon   Trap,  market,  brown  
  8. What  is  Art?   Ar+orms:  “the  visual  expression  of  an

     idea  or  experience,  formed  with  skill,  through   the  use  of  medium…When  a  medium  is  used  in  such  a  way  that  the  object  or   performance  contributes  to  our  understanding  or  enjoyment  of  life.”   People  of  Bali:  “We  have  no   art.    We  just  do  the  best  we   can.”   Ancient  Greeks:      (Techne)   technical  know-­‐how.   Marquesans:  (a’  a’kakai)  An+quity  or  Curiosity     Concise  Oxford  English  DicDonary:  art,  n.  1  the  expression  or  applica+on  of   crea+ve  skill  and  imagina+on,  especially  through  a  visual  medium  such  as   pain+ng  or  sculpture.  
  9. What  is  Art?  

  10. Defining  Art.   1.  Form   2.  Func+on   3. 

    Form  and  Func+on  
  11. Form   What  should  art  look  like?   What  should

     art  be  made  from?   What  form  should  art  take?   Are  certain  forms  more  ar`ul?  
  12. What  is  Art?  

  13. High  vs.  Low  

  14. High  vs.  Low   Bill  Waterson   Roy  Lichtenstein  

  15. None
  16. Func+on   What  func+on(s)  should  art  serve  in  society?  

    Should  art  have  a  func+on?   Are  certain  func+ons  more  ar`ul?    
  17. What  is  Art?  

  18. Art  as  Form   Clement  Greenberg   Victor  Cousin  

  19. Art  as  Form   James  McNeill  Whistler,  Peacock  Room,  1876

  20. Art  as  Form   Barnef  Newman,  Vir  Heroicus  Sublimus,  1950-­‐1951

  21. Art  as  Informa+on     Denver  Day  of  Rock  Poster,

  22. Art  as  Informa+on     Last  Judgment  Tympanum,  Autun  Cathedral,

     Romanesque,  1146  
  23. Art  as  Informa+on     Tree  of  Jesse  Window,  Chartres

     Cathedral,  Gothic,     1193-­‐1250  
  24. Art  as  Expression   Paul  Klee,  Schoolhouse,  1920    

  25. Art  as  Expression   Wasily  Kandinsky,  Improvisa+on  28,  1912  

  26. Art  as  Tool   Marcel  Breuer,  Wassily  Chair,  1925  

  27. Art  as  Prac+ce   Karensanui,  Ryoan-­‐ji,  17th  century-­‐Present  

  28. MASQUERADES: Masks in performance, wood, mineral pigments, & fiber, height

    approx. 7`, 1984, Burkina Faso, Bwa culture
  29. Art  as  Prac+ce   hfp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4ZkR1X6s7E  

  30. Closing performance of "Constructive Interference," an installation by David Fodel

    and Paco Proano. With Janet Feder, Paul Fowler, Matt Pass, and 3rd Law Dance Company. Emmanuel Gallery 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Thursday, August 25 Free.
  31. What  is  Art?