Topic outline

  • General

    This course is called "Alternative and Artist-Run” spaces, but it could also be called "What Can Happen at the Marlboro Galleries?” Examining the legacy of alternative and art-run spaces' effort to infuse "new blood” and experimentation into otherwise narrow art worlds will lead to discussions of what alternative programs and functions might exist for our galleries and how students can design, sustain, and evolve these programs with limited fiscal resources. Along the way, we will cultivate skills and knowledge needed to create and operate an art venue. Building on spaces and sentiments that already exist at Marlboro, this process will allow for the experiential understanding that opportunities are most often created horizontally among peers of artists, in the spirit of mutual aid. Our summative project will be the creation of a revised mission statement for the Marlboro galleries that gets presented to Town Meeting. We may, if we feel ready, request funds for a pilot program for the Fall of 2018 or elaborate upon our mission statement with an operating plan. Other assignments will include written responses to readings, case studies of rural and low-budget institutions, a press release for an imagined public program, and the assistance of seniors as they hang their exhibitions. Readings will be supplemented by guest speakers from a range of exhibition venues, both artist-run and institutionally funded. 

    • Resources for January 25th

      The reading for next week is the entirety of Artist Run Spaces, published by Applied Aesthetics.  Come prepared to discuss this packet (read the close reading tips worksheet). Also, test out using "forums." This is how we will post responses to readings and respond to others' responses. 

    • Resources for February 1st

      Here you will find an excerpt from Inside the White Cube, a discussion forum, and more information about our guest speaker, Jamilee Polson Lacy

    • Resources for Feb 23rd

      Everyone has an assigned reading to moderate for the class. It's your responsibility to think of two crucial questions that we can ask of each reading. Those are due the same day as responses. Because these responses are coming up five days late, you have until the 20th to complete them, and by the 23rd to respond to someone elses' response. 



      • Resources for March 1st

        Our guest speaker this week is Mara Williams. You can watch an interview with Mara Williams here.  Please come to class with at least one question based on this interview, rural art spaces, or public programming at large. Our reading for this week is Pablo Helguera's Alternative Time and Instant Audience (pdf below). Responses for that reading are due by class time on March 1st. We will also catch up on readings from Ciric and Tsatsos. 



      • Resources for April 5th

        David Richardson of Dispersed Holdings will be joining us for discussion on April 5th (and he has gifts for you!). In addition, we'll be talking about your press release assignments. The related file is below. 

        • Resources for April 19th

          Hello Alternative Space Creators! Attached is a worksheet and some audio. Listen to the audio first, it explains the worksheet. No speaker next week, but press release assignment and filled out worksheet are both due. That's a hard deadline, folks.

        • Resources for May 8th

          The forum below will house your final reflections on your final project. Please cap it at 800 words. (No need to walk down memory lane!) But make sure to address these questions: 

          How did your project fulfill the needs of the community that you originally identified? 

          What concepts about alternative spaces did you encounter in this class's bibliography that guided your choices in this space? (Cite the text, don't just name it). 

          How did participants use the space in ways that you predicted? In ways that surprised you? 

          And further, what other, perhaps surprising, needs did this project fulfil? 

          If you could do the carnival again, what would you change? Would these changes help you fulfill that original need better? Why? 

          What other connections can you draw between what you made and what you read/saw in this class? (This could include texts- cite them- or speakers- David Richardson, Jamilee Lacy, Mara Williams).