FYF@Innis Seminars

Shocking Artists, Shocking Art

Professor: Elizabeth Legge
Subject: Art History
Course Code: FAH198H1S

Seminar description

Art causes scandals for many reasons, provoking a range of consequences, including censorship, cuts to government funding of the arts or even destruction of the work in question.

In this course we will consider a number of kinds of art scandal arising from exhibition in public galleries and urban spaces, including those that have to do with legal issues such as plagiarism and vandalism; aesthetic objections on the part of the public, ranging from perceived obscenity to simple resentment of abstract art; racism; sacrilege; and political subversion, amongst others.

We will consider the work of artists including Chris Ofili, Joep van Lieshout, Paul McCarthy, Damien Hirst, Michael Snow, Sally Mann, Banksy, Rachel Whitebread, Richard Prince, Andres Serrano, Robert Mapplethorpe, Carl Andre, Maya Lin, and Jeff Koons, amongst others.

Get to know the professor

NAME: Elizabeth Legge

INNIS FYF SEMINAR I WILL BE TEACHING IN 2020-2021: Elizabeth Legge

HOMETOWN: Toronto

THE LAST GREAT MOVIE I SAW WAS: The Death of Stalin

MY ACTUAL FAVOURITE MOVIE: Amarcord

THE SONG I HAVE ON REPEAT RIGHT NOW: Chumbawumba Tub-Thumping song

FAVOURITE FOOD: Futura on St Clair w/ pistachio ice cream

GUILTY PLEASURE: Futura on St Clair w/ pistachio ice cream, but
why should it be guilty?

I AM SURPRISINGLY VERY GOOD AT: Depends on who’s being surprised at what I do, but, thinking.

A FUN FACT ABOUT MYSELF: I made John Lennon laugh.

MY FAVOURITE THING ABOUT TEACHING: Cornily enough, seeing students meet new things.

WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE MY CLASS: It will help you be annoyed and delighted with new things.

WHAT I WANT MY STUDENTS TO KNOW: Ways of looking at the world.

A COOL FACT ABOUT MY FIELD OF STUDY: It involves almost anything – politics, film, poetry, popular culture, philosophy and gossip.

SOME FINAL WORDS: To quote the artist known as Bob and Roberta Smith, “There is still art. There is still hope.”

NAME: Chelsea Rochman.

INNIS FYF SEMINAR I WILL BE TEACHING IN 2020-2021: EEB197H1S Biodiversity and the city

HOMETOWN: Tucson, Arizona.

THE LAST GREAT MOVIE I SAW WAS: Coco :)

MY ACTUAL FAVOURITE MOVIE: hmmmm… not sure.

THE SONG I HAVE ON REPEAT RIGHT NOW: CSNY, Judy Blue Eyes.

FAVOURITE FOOD: Pickles & gummy candy.

GUILTY PLEASURE: Gummy worms & other gummy candy.

I AM SURPRISINGLY VERY GOOD AT: Multi-tasking.

A FUN FACT ABOUT MYSELF: I have 2 sisters named Berrye.

MY FAVOURITE THING ABOUT TEACHING: Keeping up with the knowledge.

WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE MY CLASS: So you can see the nature behind the concrete in our city.

WHAT I WANT MY STUDENTS TO KNOW: We live in the Carolinian forest.

A COOL FACT ABOUT MY FIELD OF STUDY: There are just as many freshwater fish species as marine.

SOME FINAL WORDS: The waste hierarchy is a good rule to live by.

Good to know

Pre-requisites: none
Co-requisites: none
Exclusions: none
Recommended Preparation: none
Breadth: Creative & Cultural Representations (1)
CR/NCR: Not eligible for CR/NCR option
Restrictions: Restricted to first-year students

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