By Linda Smith
The One Where She Binge-Watches “Friends” Instead of Doing Homework
Several students immensely enjoy the trips made as part of the Art & Architecture course during the Rome semester. Even students who forgo the semester abroad take their required semester of art, focusing on whichever media they prefer and bringing out their creative side in the process. However, the University of Dallas community has moved to reform all its art classes, especially the popular Art & Architecture course. This reform will focus on changing the style and period of art studies.
“After an Art & Architecture site visit in the city, I found myself in the National Gallery of Modern & Contemporary Art,” junior Dario Bucheli said. “Upon seeing the artistic expression steeped in the broken glass floor, I immediately knew this was the art I wanted to study, but couldn’t at the time. I remember traveling back to the Due Santi campus, dejected and confused.”
Several similar concerns reached the ears of the university president, Thomas Keefe, and upon deliberation with the art department, he ruled in favor of replacing Art & Architecture of Rome with Contemporary Surrealist Minimalist Expressionist Dadaism.
Kazimir Malevich and his famous work, “White on White,” will be among the key works studied in this new class, simply titled The Art Most Oriented to the Good by students eagerly awaiting its start date.
“Malevich truly encompasses abstract art, especially in ‘White on White,’” senior Maria Buckner said. “I’ve read on the Museum of Modern Art website that Malevich said of this piece, ‘I have overcome the lining of the colored sky… Swim in the white free abyss, infinity is before you.’ I think, however, that this has very definite realities that we will spend countless class periods on in deep discussion. The theories we come up with will be obtained through not making art or studying influences of different genres, but in simply talking almost endlessly on what this piece must surely mean to us.”
While students on the Irving campus will spend three hours per week in such a fashion, some have wondered what Romers will do. Never fear, Romers will not have to compromise visiting the art the city can provide! In fact, the stops for the Rome semester will include the MACRO (Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma), Il Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo (endearingly known as the MAXXI) and La Galleria Lorcan O’Neill.
Architecture will move from the Gothic and Classical examples studied currently to buildings across Europe, including The Crooked House in Sopot, Poland, The Torre Galatea Figueras in Spain and Container City in London, England. Gaudí will be a primary focus of the course, especially his Casa Batlló and the entire Park Güell, and how the latter was almost an architectural utopia. The Acropolis Museum in Greece will also be an important stop during the Greece trip, but it will only be observed briefly from the outside as an architectural masterpiece.
“Why bother going inside?” junior Monica Kaufman said. “The only art and architecture that is truly beautiful is one that elicits a response of ‘Huh?’ and is not explained. I do hope on our visits, our professor actually doesn’t explain anything. I want to find myself more lost than I could have imagined in art.”
Talks are set to take place to replace all art classes at UD with seminar-style classes on the most contemporary art.