You can order Bridgett M. Davis,  Into the Go Slow and Saeed Jones, Prelude to Bruise from any online bookstore (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Indie Bound, Powells). The remaining course readings will be available on our course blog. You must complete all of the readings before class.

September 2:



September 16:


Julian Stallabrass, “Money, Disembodied Art, and the Turing Test for Aesthetics”


September 30:


October 7:

We will meet artist, Tom Smith at his exhibition, “Heavenly Bodies,” at Rox Gallery in the Lower East Side.  It is especially important that you are prepared so that you can ask questions during this special opportunity.

Read this recent interview from  And watch this:

October 14:

Finish Prelude to Bruise.  Bring the book and your questions with you to class.

Here’s a link to Saeed Jones’s Tumblr, The Ferocity.


October 21:

We’ll visit the National Jazz Museum, 104 E. 126th Street.  The primary exhibition is on the Latin Jazz musician, Bebo Valdes.  Take a look at this website–listen to some of his music, and watch some of these clips from the animated film, “Chico and Rita“(2010), which is a great film!  If you have time, you should watch it!

October 28:  Georges Bizet’s “Carmen” (1875)

Watch this San Diego Opera Talk (30 minutes) with Nick Reveles, then listen to a few songs (30 minutes) from “Carmen” featuring opera greats, Maria Callas and Placido Domingo, among others.

November 4:  Read the press release and artist biography for the Pace gallery’s “Picasso and Jacqueline.”  Also, read this article about Jacqueline Roque, then take a look at some of the images of Picasso’s “women.”

November 11:

We have the pleasure and privilege to meet poet, Laurie Guerrero, in class.  Please read this 

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so you will be prepared for a conversation with the poet.


November 18:


In preparation for Performance A by Complexions Contemporary Ballet, at 7:30PM at the Joyce Theater, please read this brief “Modern Dance Primer” prepared by PBS.  And watch these videos:


November 25: Please read this essay, as well as  Wang Jianwei at the Guggenheim.

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