ArtForum: 58th Venice Biennale in Venice, Italy | Webster University

Venice, Italy

 Summer 2019- ARTForum: 58th Venice Biennale (ARHS 2000)

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Program Description
This course will survey many of the dominant styles and theories of current art using the many exhibitions of the Venice Beinnale as a "living" lab/museum. A primary aspect of the course will be an investigation of the role of the international art exhibition in contemporary art, and especially the rise and dominance of the international/independent curator. The course will examine what it means to be an "international curator" and the topics, social-economic forces influencing current curatorial standards.

Students interested in this program may also want to consider attending the Global Arts Institute Program in Vienna, Austria (ARHS 3099, 6 credits) at the Webster Vienna Campus from May 13-June 31. It is possible to attend both, for a total of 6 weeks abroad during the Summer of 2019. By adding on this option, Venice Biennale students would be eligible for the Webster World Traveler Award.

Program Highlights

  • Attend the 58 International La Biennale di Venezia, and the collateral national exhibitions of contemporary art
  • Meet the Project Manager of the U.S. Pavilion of the Venice Biennale; visit the Peggy Guggenheims Palazzo dei Leoni; and other venues
  • Experience the magical beauty and culture of the city of Venice, Italy

Course/Travel Dates

ARTForum: 58th Venice Biennale (ARHS 2000) (1 credit hour)
Faculty Leader: Jeffrey Hughes, Art, Design, and Art History Department. Jeffrey Hughes is professor of art history and criticism and Director of the Cecille R. Hunt Gallery at Webster University in St. Louis. He attended DePauw University and received the B.A. in art history from Indiana State University and both the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in art history from the University of Iowa. He teaches courses on modern and contemporary art, with a focus on art criticism, as well as the foundations course, Current Art. Hughes is a recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including Kress Foundation Fellowships for research in India and to the Aga Khan program at Harvard, the Asian Cultural Council Grant, Webster University faculty research grants, and an N.E.H. grant. Hughess articles and reviews have appeared in Um: Druck Zeitschift fr Durckgraphik und visuelle Kultur, Flash Art, Contemporary, Sculpture, Artpapers, Art on Paper, New Art Examiner etc. Every two years he takes students to Venice for a short-term study abroad course to study immediately contemporary art at the Venice Biennale.

The Venice Biennale is the oldest (began in 1895), largest, and most prestigious international art exhibition. The Biennale is singularly the most important venue to view and experience the best contemporary art at a specific moment (every other year) in the world. There will be over 90 countries represented, with works by hundreds of artists. This is simply art overload! In addition to more contemporary art than is ever possible to see, almost needless to mention the amazingly beautiful city of Venice itself is an art historical experience beyond imagination. We will also tour the city, and visit the contemporary museums Palazzo Grazzi and the Dogano; the Peggy Guggenheim collection to see important mid-twentieth century art by Jackson Pollock, etc; the world renown Gallerie dellAccademia museum to see works by Renaissance master Gentile Bellini, Hieronymus Bosch and others; the Italo-Byzantine cathedral Basilica San Marco.

This course is directly linked to the Department of Art, Design, and Art Historys (DADAH) mission for the study and creation of contemporary art and design, and Webster Universitys mission for international education. Dr. Hughes is a specialist in the history and criticism of modern and contemporary art, and he has led several student trips to Europe and has attended nine previous Venice Biennales.

Program Flyer
ArtForum: 58th Venice Biennale

Program Cost
Program Fee: $1,845
What's included: 6 nights of accommodations; some meals including Welcome and Farewell dinners; all class activities and during the program week including entrance fees and a guest lecturer; transportation to required class activities.
What's not included: Tuition, study abroad fee, roundtrip airfare, most meals, and personal spending money.
Study Abroad Fee: $175 (covers international insurance & ISIC card)

Students may be eligible for Webster study abroad scholarships. Please reference the Study Abroad website for more information.
Summer scholarship deadline March 15

Application Process
Application Deadline: March 15, 2019

To apply, follow these steps:
1) Ensure you meet the study abroad eligibility requirements
2) Start an application via the Webster online application system
3) The application will ask you to fill out a number of forms, pay the $100 study abroad deposit*, write a brief statement of purpose, submit a passport copy and a passport sized photos.

*The $100 application deposit is refundable to if ALL of the following conditions are met: 1) Student attends the program
2) Student completes the pre and post-study abroad surveys 3) Student does not have any outstanding program charges.

Study Abroad students on bridge in Venice