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Critical Issues in Fiber and Material Studies is an Art History class at the School of the Art Institute offered to undergraduate and graduate students. This class addresses the significance of using fiber logic in contemporary visual arts practice. Accessing readings from fiber and craft history and criticism as well as social theory and contemporary art criticism, students participate in an ongoing discussion about the position of fiber and craft in contemporary art and culture while addressing the implications of fiber as a methodology for creative and critical expression.

Topics and themes that run throughout the seminar include: craft and morality, amateurism, authorship and agency, deskilling/reskilling, labor and economy, temporality, craft and the dialogical, textiles and dissent, and art and complicity.

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