Thomas Martinez Pilnik
Learning Outcomes

By the end of the semester, you should be able to:

1.       Feel comfortable reading and discussing some of the major theories surrounding visual culture

2.      Consider contemporary artists and their work against the ideas and theories that we discuss

3.      Form an opinion about where your own work fits within the narrative of contemporary art

4.     Research and write about contemporary culture more confidently

5.      Confidently apply critical techniques and theory to unpack contemporary visual culture

Recommended Preparation & Proficiencies

There are no pre-requisites, but I suggest you come to this class with the following:

·      An eager attitude towards the Avant Garde, the weird, the unknown, and the new

·      Willingness to work collaboratively towards a collective goal, this is not a solo endeavor

·      Excitement to share about your favorite artists, designers, creatives, etc.

·      No assumptions about your peers, yourself, and anything else. No assumptions.

·      Readiness to experiment with ideas, concepts, and stories, amongst other things

·      Understanding of your creative inspirations and processes, and willingness to abandon them

Course Notes and Teaching Strategies

This class is offered for a Letter Grade Only

Any presentation slides and additional resources will be posted on HuskyCT

Announcements will be posted on HuskyCT and emailed concurrently

Any readings and other materials will be posted on HuskyCT

This class will be discussion and collaboration based and participation is core to that. I will attempt to employ multiple pedagogical strategies throughout the semester to ensure all students feel included and able to contribute. We all learn differently, and I will account for that.

Reading and research is central to art, so – when asked - please make sure to arrive prepared and with a couple of key talking points, questions, or platforms to initiate critical discussion.

Course Materials



Additional items, course reading, and media will be made available within HuskyCT and/or in the schedule section below