Focus on: Cornelia Parker
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: VB660
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
Cornelia Parker came to artistic and public prominence in the 1990s with major works including Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View, a major sculptural installation of an exploded shed, and The Maybe, an exhibition that featured actor Tilda Swinton sleeping inside a glass case. On this three-week course, discover how Parker’s work has developed up to the present day through a focus on some of her most well-known artworks such as Thirty Pieces of Silver, Magna Carta and Transitional Object (Psycho Barn), a major sculpture exhibited in New York and London, that recreates the Bates family motel in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic horror film, Psycho.
Parker has described how her work is a process of ‘choreographing things’. Like an urban explorer or anthropologist, she takes inspiration from found objects, places, popular culture and the world around her to create artworks that range from subtle intimacy to exhilarating boldness. Discover how her artworks trigger personal and shared memories and associations that invite audiences to connect with her art. This course coincides with a major exhibition of Parker’s work at Tate Britain from 18 May – 16 October 2022.
What will we cover?
-Each week will focus on a specific period of Cornelia Parker’s work, starting with the 1980s and ending in the present day.
-An exploration of the range of materials and processes that Parker has used to make her art.
-We will investigate how Parker’s approach to making art intersects with the broader themes of conceptual and participatory art.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
-List two to three different types of materials that Parker has used in her work.
-Identify examples of artworks that Parker has produced in collaboration with other people.
-Describe at least two artworks from Parker’s work in the 1990s and the 2000s.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught with a combination of slide presentations, group discussions and paired or individual activities. Handouts¿of suggested reading and web resources¿will be provided by your tutor to support your learning; these handouts will be available online/digitally for download via Google Classroom.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might wish to bring a notebook. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list given out in class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
VB550 Art in Britain 1950-2000: This is Tomorrow (Part 1)
VB655 Art in Britain 1950-2000: This is Tomorrow (Part 2)
VB536 Feminism in modern and contemporary art.
Chantal Condron has worked widely in the public and private arts sector for over 25 years including at the Government Art Collection, Tate, Sotheby's, Visiting Arts and University of London Library. She holds a BA in History of Art & Architecture from the University of East Anglia; and an MA in History of Art & Archaeology from SOAS, University of London. Chantal is currently the curator of public engagement at the Government Art Collection where her recent projects include delivering the public programme for Ways of Seeing, the loan of almost 70 artworks to unusual public spaces in Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture. As curator of modern and contemporary art, she led art programmes at the University of Hull, Whitechapel Gallery, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and Ulster Museum, Belfast; and she has presented art talks widely in the UK and abroad. In 2019, her book, 'Peter Hedegaard', the first monograph on the Danish abstract artist, was published by Rocket Gallery, London.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.