In addition to critiques and studio visits for students, faculty, and artists, I teach courses on object theory, curating, history and theory of contemporary craft, and history of graphic design.
History of Modern Design, Portland State University (Spring 2017, 2014)
Course Description: Survey course examining the history of graphic design from early prehistoric mark-making to the present; emphasis on modern and contemporary graphic design from 1900s to present. Writing intensive.
Theory of Objects, MFA Applied Craft + Design (Spring 2017, 2016, 2015)
Course Description: The object inhabits an uneasy space within theory. This course explores how key theorists in a variety of disciplines think and write about the object(s). How are objects understood to be different or similar to things? How do key theorists examine tensions between the imagined and the real, the human-made versus the factory-produced artifact, or the agency of objects to act on or to connect humans? This seminar explores foundational texts by: Arjun Appadurai, Martha Buskirk, Glenn Adamson, Alfred Gell, Bruno Latour, Daniel Miller, Tim Ingold, Alison J. Clarke, Jenni Sorkin, Julia Bryan-Wilson, Thomas McEvilley, Garth Clark, Sherry Turkle, Akiko Busch, and Bill Brown, amongst others. Students will map theories about objects and things through a spectrum of disciplinary lenses, such as: art, art history, craft, and design, as well as anthropology, archaeology, architecture, literature, material culture, visual culture, and philosophy. Theoretical texts within and outside of assigned class readings will be used to collectively produce an analytical annotated bibliography, accompanied by a list of keywords, as well as a individually written pieces focused on an object of each students’ own choosing.
History of Contemporary Craft, Portland State University (Winter 2017)
Course Description: This course examines the history of craft with an emphasis on contemporary craft since World War II. We will examine craft as part of a complex continuum of practice that predates the Industrial Revolution and William Morris’ Arts and Crafts Movement through more recent decades in which contemporary art has actively engaged craft materials, processes, and histories. The course will examine how craft shifted from a practice of producing everyday objects to the Studio Craft Movement, DIY, tensions between art and craft, and craft as both a subject and a verb in more recent decades. Special emphasis will be placed on the how the history of craft since World War II altered academia and art-making in the US, and how this shift connects with global craft practices in the visual arts.