Aesthetics & Values Syllabus

Mariana Gaviria of A&V 2017 in front of the work of Carolina Sardi (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

IDH 3034 (Fall) and IDH 3035 (Spring)
Fridays 14:00 to 16:45 (02:00PM – 4:45PM)

John William Bailly ■  ■ Office Hours by appointment

The Aesthetics & Values seminar examines the vital role visual art plays in the social and cultural dialogue surrounding controversial issues. It investigates how artists have challenged or enforced authority by creating new aesthetics. It further explores how art is used to initiate, accelerate, or combat social change. The heart of the course is the Aesthetics & Values Research and Exhibition Project. This annual project provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their resourcefulness and creativity through the research, curation, and organization of an on-campus exhibition of contemporary Miami artists. After forming committees (Exhibition, Fundraising, and Public Relations) and assuming personal tasks (designing a website, soliciting funds, preparing a press release, etc) students are responsible for coordinating all aspects of the exhibition, including selecting artists, securing funding, negotiating gallery space, working with university administration, and managing local media.

The following required text course materials may be purchased in either print or e-book format. Films are available at either FIU Libraries or Miami-Dade County Public Libraries.

– Bryson, Bill. The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way. New York: Harper Collins, 1991. ISBN: 9780380715435
– Ellis, Bret. American Psycho. New York: Vintage Books, 1991. ISBN: 9780679735779
– Frankfurt, Harry G. On Bullshit. Princeton University Press, 2005. ISBN: 9780691122946

– Blanco, Richard. Directions to the Beach of the Dead. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2005. ISBN: 9780816524792
– Brown, Dan. The Da Vinci Code. Garden City: Doubleday, 2003. ISBN: 9780307277671

Course Calendar is on Google Calendar. Students will be provided with a link to calendar.

Each student accrues points over the length of the semester. The final semester point total equals a letter grade based the official FIU grade scale (Note: Please disregard the Blackboard percentage).

Class Participation: 10 points
A&V Art Service Project: 15 points
A&V Exhibition Project: 20 points
Miami Art as Text: 10 points
PAMM as Text: 10 points
Lowe as Text: 5 points
Deering as Text: 5 points
Miami as Text: 5 points
Quiz On Bullshit and Rape of the Masters: 5 points
Quiz American Psycho: 5 points
Quiz A&V Excursions: 5 points
Quiz A&V Lectures: 5 points

A&V Art Service Project: 5 points
A&V Research Project: 20 points
A&V Exhibition Project Individual Component: 20 points
A&V Exhibition Project Group Component: 20 points
A&V Bio and Images: 5 points
Margulies as Text: 5 points
Rubell as Text: 5 points
Vizcaya as Text: 5 points
A&V as Text: 5 points
Quiz Directions to the Beach of the Dead: 5 points
Quiz Da Vinci Code: 5 points

Criteria for Aesthetics & Values Grades
In the Fall semester both the A&V Individual Artist and A&V Group grades are combined into one. In the Spring semester Student-Curators will earn two separate grades.

A&V Individual Artist Participation
(Contributions in relation to your particular A&V artist)
1. completion of tasks for Individual Student-Curator Groups
2. solicitation of artist
3. communication with artist
4. interview artist
5. retrieve information from artist (catalogs, cv, images, artist’s statement, etc)
6. photograph artist and environment
7. 250 to 300 word bio of artist
8. select artworks for A&V exhibition and collect info about those works
9. create labels
10. participate in installation and de-installation of the artist’s works

A&V Project Participation
(Contributions to the A&V Project)
1. Respective Committee work – completion of tasks
2. Contributions to other A&V Committees
3. Involvement and contributions to CSO Aesthetics & Values Club
4. participation in virtual class discussion (posting on web A&V Blog, A&V Discussion Board and/or A&V social media)
5. Independent initiatives

Class Participation Criteria
1. participation in class discussions
2. attendance to class and class excursions
3. preparation for class
4. concentration in class (no texting, no sleeping, and so forth)

Final grade/total points equivalency
100.0 – 93.00: A
92.99 – 90.00: A-
89.99 – 87.00: B+
86.99 – 83.00: B
82.99 – 80.00: B-
79.99 – 77.00: C+
76.99 – 73.00: C
72.99 – 70.00: C-
69.99 – 67.00: D+
66.99 – 63.00: D
62.99 – 60.00: D-
59.99 – 00.00: F

Each student is allowed one absence per semester. Every absence in excess of this will drop the student’s final semester grade by one full letter grade. Three or more absences will result in an “F” for the semester.

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John William Bailly & Stephanie Sepúlveda 01 November 2017