The minor in Interdisciplinary Arts (IART) contextualizes interdisciplinary practice and its history in IART 3300, (an introductory lecture/ seminar course), and culminates in IART 4300, a “hands on” exploration of collaborative projects that integrate visual art, creative writing, music, and theater.

Interdisciplinarity is characterized by an innate permeability between disciplines and media, and the resulting evolution of new forms of creative expression. In this spirit, the minor (like the practice) is open to students from across the university who have an interest in the study and practice of intersections in the visual and performing arts, writing and beyond.

The minor in Interdisciplinary Arts requires a minimum of 15 semester hours, 9 of which must be advanced. Nine of the 15 hours must be in residence, of which six must be at the 3000/4000 level. Students may fulfill the IART 3395 requirement with approved courses in Art, Art History, Music, Theatre & Dance, and Creative Writing in the English Department. A minimum 2.00 grade point average on all courses applied to the minor is required.

Visual Performing Arts Core
IART 3300: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Arts (3 hours)
IART 4300: Collaboration Among the Arts (3 hours)

6 hours of courses from the following:
IART 3395: Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Arts
And/or approved courses in: Art, Art History, Music, Theatre & Dance, and Creative Writing in the English Department

FALL 2014
IART 3300
Introduction to Interdisciplinary Art
Lacy M. Johnson, PhD
Monday  5:30pm – 8:30pm
This seminar provides an introduction to 20th century interdisciplinary art practices and their historical contexts. Exploring collaboration,  influence, artistic process, social practice, and community, the course covers a range of artists and artworks which make connections between dance, film, fine art, literature, music, performance, and theater. Students will gain a familiarity with historical instances of interdisciplinary art and will be able to identify their influence upon and implications for contemporary art-making. Intro to IART is the first course in the IART Minor. For more information contact Lacy M. Johnson, lacyjohnson@uh.edu.

IART 3395 / 6395
Art as Activism
Dina Al-sowayel & Sehba Sarwar
Monday & Wednesday 1:00pm-2:30pm
This interdisciplinary course examines the relationship between art and activism in the Arab and Muslim World. Students are asked to explore questions across a wide range of disciplines and destinations.  In this setting, what does art mean? What is activism? What are their objectives? Can one advance the other, how? How do different countries exhibit the connection between art and activism? What determines that relationship in the countries that we examine? How important are history, politics and religion in defining the relationship between art and activism? The principal objective of this course is to disentangle the stereotype from the story.  Often this part of the world and its people are portrayed flatly, having one dimension.  In this course we go beyond the headlines to get a nuanced appreciation for politics and art in the Arab and Muslim World.
For more information contact Lacy M. Johnson, lacyjohnson@uh.edu.

IART 3395 / 6395
Community-Based Art
Ryan Dennis
Wednesday 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Does art have a social purpose? Can art create social change? What does “community” mean to the practitioner? Students will consider these questions and more as they explore the complex intersections of community, place, economic sustainability, race, class, education, history and art-making. This combined seminar and studio course invites students from any discipline to study, create, research, and curate community-based art.
For more information contact Lacy M. Johnson, lacyjohnson@uh.edu.

IART 3395 / 6395 / ENGL 6324 / ART 4331
Creative Mapping
Peter Turchi & Cheryl Beckett
Tuesday 2:30pm – 5:30pm
Writers, graphic designers, and artists from other disciplines are invited to rediscover and reimagine the world around us through exploration, collaboration, and the creation of word-and-image maps. While considering traditional and nontraditional cartography, as well as conventional and unconventional ideas about community and place, students will combine text (poetry, fiction, nonfiction), images, and other media, as they explore the possibilities of what a map can be. For more information contact Lacy M. Johnson, lacyjohnson@uh.edu.

IART 4300 / 6300
Collaboration Among the Arts
Mary Magsamen
Monday 2:30pm – 5:30pm
This course is focused on the development of new artistic work through collaboration with others. Students will work together to develop artistic practices and processes that challenge the boundaries between visual art, writing, music, performance, theatre and dance. Each student will build on their training and experience in their primary discipline, while learning from the techniques and strategies of others, including their fellow students and visiting artists. This is the final course required for an IART Minor. For more information contact Lacy M. Johnson, lacyjohnson@uh.edu.

 

SPRING 2014
IART 3300
Intro to IART
Lacy M. Johnson, PhD
Monday 5:30pm – 8:30pm
This seminar provides an introduction to 20th century interdisciplinary art practices and their historical contexts. Exploring collaboration, influence, artistic process, social practice, and community, the course covers a range of artists and artworks which make connections between dance, film, fine art, literature, music, performance, and theater. Students will gain a familiarity with historical instances of interdisciplinary art and will be able to identify their influence upon and implications for contemporary art-making. Intro to IART is the first course in the IART Minor.

IART 3395 / 6395
Writing, Art, Politics
Antena at Blaffer: Jen Hofer & John Pluecker
Tuesday 5:30pm – 8:30pm
This course will examine writing and art practices that engage public space and social relations with the aim of using aesthetic work to imagine and enact the potential for a more just and wondrous world. Students will investigate contemporary innovative poetry from small press publishers, site-specific and community-based art and writing projects, responsive interdisciplinary practices, DIY bookmaking, and translation as a generative strategy. This course will be taught by Jen Hofer and John Pluecker, co-founders of Antena, a language justice and language experimentation collaborative. The class will meet in Antena’s installation at the Blaffer Art Museum, and is open to both UH students and the public at large.

IART 3395 / 6395
Media & Performance
Mary Magsamen
Mondays, 2:30-5:30
In this class we will investigate interdisciplinary art practices that specifically employ media (film, video, digital imaging, interactive design, cell-phone, games, sound) and performance. Students will be introduced to the history and theory of performance art and media in the first part of the semester and then apply this knowledge to studio project assignments in the second part of the semester. Through lecture, readings, discussion, viewing and production of individual and group projects, students will consider and engage in critical and creative approaches to media and performance in contemporary art.

IART 3395 / 6395
Performance & Feminist Strategies
Lynne McCabe
Wednesday 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Students co-create a site for the exploration and understanding of the embodied and sensual knowledge generated through performance/installation and time based art works. Tracing a history of performance art with an emphasis on feminist practices, this class is a site for rigorous experimentation and theoretical exploration. Performance Art & Feminism includes lectures, performances, critiques and workshops in collaboration with visiting artists. Students will produce a day of performance and installations. Drawing from historical practices this course examines strategies for documentation, dissemination and reflection in considering the afterlife of these ephemeral art works.

IART 4300 / 6300
Collaboration Among the Arts
Nick Flynn
Tuesday 5:30pm – 8:30pm
This course is focused on the development of new artistic work through collaboration with others. Students will work together to develop artistic practices and processes that challenge the boundaries between visual art, writing, music, performance, theatre and dance. Each student will build on their training and experience in their primary discipline, while learning from the techniques and strategies of others, including their fellow students and visiting artists. This is the final course required for an IART Minor.

 

FALL 2013
IART 3300
Intro to IART
Laura Wellen
FA 204
Thursday 5:30pm – 8:30pm
This seminar provides an introduction to 20th century interdisciplinary art practices and their historical contexts. Exploring collaboration, influence, artistic process, social practice, and community, the course covers a range of artists and artworks which make connections between dance, film, fine art, literature, music, performance, and theater. Students will gain a familiarity with historical instances of interdisciplinary art and will be able to identify their influence upon and implications for contemporary art-making. Intro to IART is the first course in the IART Minor.

IART 3395/ 6395
Efficacy in Practice
Lynne McCabe
FA 106
Thursday 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Social Practice Workshop: Participation and everything in between. Tracing a history of participatory and socially engaged practices; incorporating strategies as diverse as social sculpture, Guerrilla interventions, and New Genre Public Art; students will work collaboratively with visiting artists, divergent publics and each other to create a body of work that will culminate in a co-created exhibition/ “happening.” Using a theoretical framework that connects these various forms of public strategy with a deep interrogation of the work that has gone before, students will be encouraged to work in an experimental fashion proposing and executing works that challenge and expand our understanding of the genre.

IART 3395/ 6395
Mitchell Center Mentorships
Gabriel Martinez
FA 326
Wednesday 2:30pm – 5:30pm
This workshop style class will bring introduce students in direct contact with contemporary artists.  The class will interact with the Mitchell Center’s Artist in Residence program and the Blaffer Museum exhibition program. Students will develop their individual practices by working in dialogue with visiting artists and guest lecturers. This exposure to a diverse range of methodologies will provide students insight into the professional practices of artists working today.

IART 4300/6300
Collaboration Among the Arts
John Pluecker
FA 204
Tuesday 5:30pm – 8:30pm
This course is focused on the development of new artistic work through collaboration with others. Students will work together to develop artistic practices and processes that challenge the boundaries between visual art, writing, music, performance, theatre and dance. Using strategies of imitation, copying, translation, ekphrasis, appropriation and more, students will create processes and projects that span disciplinary divisions. Each student will build on their training and experience in their primary discipline, while learning from the techniques and strategies of others, including their fellow students and visiting artists. This is the final course required for an IART Minor.

 

 

SPRING 2013
IART 3300
INTRODUCTION TO IART
Mary Magsamen
Monday, 2:30pm – 5:30pm
FA 204A
This introductory seminar provides an overview of modern and contemporary interdisciplinary art practices and their history within the experimental avant garde. Exploring the crossovers between theatre, dance, fine art, music and film/video, the course will consider strategies such as performance, installation, new media and social practice, and how they have affected the production and perception of art today. Intro to IART is the first step for all students interested in an IART Minor.

IART 4300/6300
COLLABORATION AMONG THE ARTS
Nick Flynn
Tuesday, 5:30pm–8:30pm
FA 204A
The capstone course for an IART Minor. Prerequisite: IART 3395 or consent of the instructor. Innovative collaborative projects that integrate visual art, creative writing, music, theatre & dance.

IART 3395/6395
PERFORMANCE ART & FEMINISM
Lynne McCabe
Wednesday, 8:00am-11:00am
FA 204A
Students co-create a site for the exploration and understanding of the embodied and sensual knowledge generated through performance/installation and time based art works. Tracing a history of performance art with an emphasis on feminist practices, this class is a site for rigorous experimentation and theoretical exploration. Performance Art & Feminism includes lectures, performances, critiques and workshops in collaboration with visiting artists. Students will produce a day of performance and installations. Drawing from historical practices this course examines strategies for documentation, dissemination and reflection in considering the afterlife of these ephemeral art works.

ENG 35977/6323-3
GRAPHIC NOVEL (fiction workshop)
Mat Johnson
Tuesday, 2:30pm-5:30pm
Graphic Novel is comprised of seminar discussion of major graphic novels, and a workshop of student graphic writing and (if able) art. Working in tandem with both national and local comic book artists, students will create visual stories that will be presented to the community in an art show at the culmination of term.

 

FALL 2012
IART 3300
INTRODUCTION TO IART
Mary Magsamen
Monday, 2:30pm – 5:30pm
FA 204
This introductory seminar provides an overview of modern and contemporary interdisciplinary art practices and their history within the experimental avant garde. Exploring the crossovers between theatre, dance, fine art, music and film/video, the course will consider strategies such as performance, installation, new media and social practice, and how they have affected the production and perception of art today. Intro to IART is the first step for all students interested in an IART Minor.

IART 3395/6395
PARTICIPATION AND FEMINIST STRATEGIES
Lynne McCabe
Tuesday, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
FA 204A
Students will participate in the construction of an exhibition at the Blaffer Art Museum, with an emphasis on process, collaboration and conversation. The course will trace the origins of the contemporary, socially engaged art, as well as the history of feminist art, writing and performance. This class will take place inside the Blaffer Art Museum and will involve lectures, performances and workshops.

IART 4300/6300
COLLABORATION AMONG THE ARTS
Kelly Sears & Gabriel Martinez
Thursday, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
FA 106
This course is focused on the development of original projects, working collaboratively with others. Teams work together to integrate visual art, creative writing, music, theatre & dance. Past projects have included the creation of an internet radio station, interactive installations, artist focused dinner parties, guided walking tours, temporary alternative spaces and multi-media performances. Project conceptualization, management and budgeting are part of this course. This is the final course required for an IART Minor.

 

SPRING 2012
IART 3300
INTRODUCTION TO IART
Mary Magsamen
Monday, 2:30pm–5:30pm
FA 204
An introductory seminar to the history, theory and context of modern and contemporary interdisciplinary art practices, Intro to IART is the first step for all students interested in an IART Minor. This survey will trace the development of interdisciplinary approaches to experimental avanté garde art exploring the crossovers between theater, dance, fine art, music and film/video.  Addressing strategies such as appropriation, performance, installation, new media and social practices, we will critically consider the artists and institutions that have worked across and beyond mediums and how this affects the practice and perception of art today.

IART 4300/6300
COLLABORATION AMONG THE ARTS
Nick Flynn
Tuesday, 5:30pm–8:30pm
FA106
The capstone course for an IART Minor. Prerequisite: IART 3395 or consent of the instructor. Innovative collaborative projects that integrate visual art, creative writing, music, theatre & dance.

 

FALL 2011
IART 3300
INTRODUCTION TO IART
Mary Magsamen
Monday, 2:30pm–5:30pm
An introductory seminar to the history, theory and context of modern and contemporary interdisciplinary art practices, Intro to IART is the first step for all students interested in an IART Minor. This seminar will trace the development of interdisciplinary art from the early twentieth century to the contemporary era. Addressing strategies such as appropriation, Conceptualism, performance, installation, new media and social practices, we will critically consider the artists and institutions that have worked across and beyond mediums and how this affects the practice and perception of art today.

IART 3395/ 6395
COMMUNITY BASED ART
J. Hill
Monday, 11:30am–2:30pm
A workshop-based course focused on art making and curating that is engaged with various local communities. Working within the context of existing community arts projects such as Houston’s Third Ward Project Row Houses as well as with Mitchell Center Artists in Residence including Ashley Hunt and Marc Bamuthi Joseph, this course will explore issues directly relevant to local communities. Students will examine architecture, local politics, economic sustainability, race, education and history through an artistic lens.

This course will require working on-site, actively listening, documenting, reading, interviewing and directly engaging with members of the public. Students will develop artwork and/or an exhibition that is an outgrowth of their experience.

IART 3395/6395
RIPPED, RECYCLED AND REMADE MEDIA
Kelly Sears
Wednesday, 2:30pm–5:30pm
A studio course in which participants will make a series of videos from ripped and recycled media sources, and, in the process, investigate how appropriation critiques and reframes public, private, social and political conversation. This course will examine these student driven works in relation to fair-using, hijacking, bootlegging, open sourcing, recycling, archiving, faking, authorized copying and blatant stealing.

IART 3395/ 6395
RESPONDING TO GALVESTON BAY WITH SHRIMP BOAT PROJECTS
J. Kastely
Friday, All Day
Offered in conjunction with an ongoing Mitchell Center residency, the point of departure for this course is a working shrimp boat on Galveston Bay.  Visiting artists Zach Moser and Eric Leshinsky will lead participants through site visits, and readings. Participants will come to a deep understanding of the Houston region as well as investigate contemporary art making strategies used to respond to an existing place, routine or context. Students will be expected to create a project proposal and presentation and realize a public art project around (or in response to) Galveston Bay.  Class will meet on Fridays and include five six-hour site visits, discussion time, and studio time; depending on the schedule.

ENGL 6322
POETRY WORKSHOP: SHRIMP BOAT PROJECTS
Martha Serpas
Friday, All Day
Do you know where you are? Our art and writing are affected by the environment in which we work. If a poem or painting does not engage a landscape directly, it changes because of the elements—even if overlooked—surrounding its composition.

As part of the interdisciplinary Shrimp Boat Projects, students will have a working shrimp boat as the base for explorations of the marshes, refineries, bays, and beaches that make up the Galveston Bay Estuary.

Through cooperation between creative writing and the visual arts, students will engage in an experiential workshop outside the classroom and writing immersion within the classroom. Gulf Coast poets will be read along with the discussion of student writing and collaborative projects. Fieldwork will include a trip on a trawler, a walk through Armand Nature Center, field experience planting cord grass, a kayaking outing, and a refinery tour.

 

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SPRING 2011
IART 3300
INTRODUCTION TO IART
Wendy Vogel
Monday, 11am-2pm
An introductory seminar to the history, theory and context of modern and contemporary interdisciplinary art practices. This seminar will trace the development of interdisciplinary art from the early twentieth century to the contemporary era. Addressing strategies such as appropriation, Conceptualism, performance, installation, new media and social practices, we will critically consider the artists and institutions that have worked across and beyond mediums and how this affects the making and reception of art today.Wendy Vogel is Editor of …might be good the Texas-based on-line Arts journal. She has written for Artforum.com, and ArtLies, and has lectured at the Frankfurter Kunstverein and the International Studio and Curatorial Program in Brooklyn, NY. She has worked in the curatorial departments of The Museum of Modern Art (New York) and has helped organize projects at PERFORMA09, PS122 and the Park Avenue Armory.

IART 4300/ 6300
COLLABORATION AMONG THE ARTS: TRANSMISSION ART

Chapman Welch, Abinadi Meza, Justin Doran, Casey Fleming
Wednesday, 9:30am-11am
We will use the platform of an internet-based radio station for interdisciplinary collaborations. This course is the capstone of the IART Minor and is team-taught by faculty from the School of Art, Theatre & Dance, Moores School of Music and the Creative Writing Program. Attendance and group participation are crucial. Keywords: Transmission art, oral histories, field recordings, radio plays, word battles, sound cinema, spoken word

IART 3395/ 6395
EXPLORING CONTEXT OF GALVESTON BAY WITH SHRIMP BOAT PROJECTS
John Reed

Friday, 10am-1pm
Through readings, site visits, field-trips, and lectures, students will thoroughly explore the context of the shrimping industry in the Galveston Bay, analyzing and experiencing the myriad forces that shape a “place”. This class features visits with a wide variety of stakeholders from the region: workers, scholars, community leaders, and environmental organizations. After the first classroom meeting (Fine Arts 106) the classes will meet approximately every-other Friday for approximately 6 hours, depending on the schedule. Students will be expected to write two, in-depth essays for this class. Attendance is mandatory and requires transportation to various sites between the campus and Galveston Bay. John Reed is the Director of the School of Art.

Shrimp Boat Projects is part of a Mitchell Center Artist-in-Residency comprised of Zach Moser and Eric Leshinsky. Their residency is taking place aboard a shrimp boat in Galveston Bay. Zach Moser is the co-founder of Workshop Houston. His projects have been exhibited at CAMH, The Glassell School of Art, and DiverseWorks. He received an Artadia Award in 2006 and an Idea Fund in 2008. Eric Leshinsky is a LEED accredited designer. He founded GRAPH, a Baltimore-based environmental research office.

 

FALL 2010
IART 3300
INTRODUCTION TO IART
Introduction to the history, theory and forms of interdisciplinary arts practices.

IART 3395/6395
ART & ACTIVISM
Sasha Dela
Survey of activist practices that address political, social and cultural themes.

 

SPRING 2010
IART 3300
INTRODUCTION TO IART
Introduction to the history, theory and forms of interdisciplinary arts practices.

IART 4300
COLLABORATION AMONG THE ARTS
Prerequisite: IART 3395, or consent of the instructor. Innovative collaborative projects that integrate visual art, creative writing, music, theatre & dance.

IART 3395/6395
Selected Topics in Interdisciplinary Arts: Mitchell Center Mentorships
J. Hill
An opportunity to work with Mitchell Center Visiting Artists. This course follows actual community-based art projects.

GRAPHIC NOVEL WORKSHOP
Mat Johnson
Graphic novels offer a form of visual storytelling similar to film. At the same time, they offer a lot of things that film doesn’t. It can be the vision of only one or two people. It has the intensity of an individual vision.

 

FALL 2009
IART 3300

INTRODUCTION TO IART
Introduction to the history, theory and forms of interdisciplinary arts practices.

IART 3395
Selected Topics in Interdisciplinary Arts: Participation Art
Andrea Grover

An interdisciplinary class focused on understanding the history and future of social engagement art, through hands-on group activities, community fieldwork, and readings on social sculpture, gift economies and relational aesthetics.

IART 3395 
SELECTED TOPICS IN INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTS: DIGITAL TOOLS AND TECHNOLOGIES FOR COLLABORATION
Abinadi Meza

 

SPRING 2009
IART 3300
INTRODUCTION TO IART

Introduction to the history, theory and forms of interdisciplinary arts practices.

IART 3395
SELECTED TOPICS IN INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTS: AVANT GARDE CINEMA AND VIDEO

IART 4300
COLLABORATION AMONG THE ARTS

Prerequisite: IART 3395 or consent of the instructor. Innovative collaborative projects that integrate visual art, creative writing, music, theatre & dance.

 

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