Complicating the Diptych: Two Does Not Equal Two

Course Code: 21SCEPV0012

Dates: April 20 - May 18, 2021

Meets: Tu from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EST

Location: Online Zoom Classroom

Spring Tuition: $390

The diptych is a deceivingly simple compositional device, in which comparison and division are generative forces. This course considers writings and artworks by Emily Jacir, Ursula Le Guin, Lorraine O’Grady, and others that reveal how juxtapositions can evoke larger narratives, prompt nuanced readings, illuminate internal hierarchies, or locate gaps between ideas. As O’Grady writes, “Two does not equal two here… White doesn’t equal black, male doesn’t equal female… the binary contains a hidden third term that accounts for the superiority of one side of the binary over the other.” Each class will involve discussions of critical essays and artists' projects about displacement, feminism, and other themes, and students will be prompted to create diptychs in response. The course includes weekly critiques, writing prompts, and a final project. This course is limited to 12 students.

Prerequisite: Intermediate: You are familiar with a camera, whether film or digital. You understand aperture, shutter speed, exposure, white balance, histograms, and how to control focus. You are comfortable editing and processing your images. You may want to learn how to utilize your camera in a more thoughtful and articulate way, or learn more about lighting or how to utilize theoretical concepts in relation to your portfolio of work.

Note: All camera formats are welcome.

Courses are subject to minimum enrollment. Please register early, within five days of the start-date, to reduce the likelihood of course cancellation and to ensure you receive all course-related materials in time to prepare for class.

Katie Giritlian With the Waiting Camera
Image: Katie Giritlian, With the Waiting Camera (still), digital video, archival photograph, website. 2020-ongoing. Courtesy of the artist.
Fee: $390.00

Online Zoom Classroom

Mira Dayal

Faculty Bio
Date Day Time Location
04/20/2021Tuesday6 PM to 8 PM Online Zoom Classroom
04/27/2021Tuesday6 PM to 8 PM Online Zoom Classroom
05/04/2021Tuesday6 PM to 8 PM Online Zoom Classroom
05/11/2021Tuesday6 PM to 8 PM Online Zoom Classroom
05/18/2021Tuesday6 PM to 8 PM Online Zoom Classroom

Please send the instructor 2-3 sentences describing what you see as the function of a diptych—in contemporary art, in your practice, or in art history. OR, please send an image of a diptych by another artist that you find interesting, and 1-2 sentences on why it interests you. The instructor will reach out prior to the first session with their contact information.


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