A Rare, Public Glimpse at a School of Art Critique
April 18, 2014
Art21 New York Close Up, a documentary film series, has released a video showcasing a final class critique filmed in the fall 2011 semester Advanced Painting studio taught by Josephine Halvorson A'03. The six minute short, entitled Josephine Halvorson Gets the Conversation Going, provides a rare peek at a core process in one of America's most selective undergraduate art schools. Josephine Halvorson was a visiting artist at the time, teaching a course limited to upperclassmen. The course description read, in part, "In both individual and group critiques, students will articulate their preoccupations, motives, and positions. ... This course is designed for students who are up to the challenge of examining and pursuing that which is at the core of their impulse to create." During the video students offer candid reactions to one another's work as well as what the critique means to them. Josephine Halvorson also gives her thoughts on the process. "I know it's going well when people are talking. When they are learning from each other. When they are sharing ideas with one another," Halvorson says in the video.