About the Class
As the great philosopher-poet of American art, Jasper Johns has long been celebrated for leading the United States out of the wilderness of abstract expressionism and back to logic, reality, and things, a prescient precursor to pop art. Yet even a cursory glance at Johns’s art betrays the intense emotion simmering below the surface. In this course, that emotion will be our guide to his work, whether in terms of Johns’s defining romance with artist Robert Rauschenberg or his numerous pictorial genuflections before queer writers such as Hart Crane, Frank O’Hara, and Herman Melville, or his long interpictorial dialogues with not only Rauschenberg but Cy Twombly and the abstract expressionists as well.
Following the class, students are invited for an optional group visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s major retrospective Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror to engage the ideas of the course directly in front of the works. This visit will be at 6pm on Friday, December 3. (Admission to the Philadelphia Museum of Art is not included.)
This course takes place at the Barnes in the Comcast NBCUniversal Auditorium but is also available for online enrollment. (More about online classes.) All students, whether on-site or remote, will have the opportunity to participate in class discussions and may attend the optional visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
On-site capacity: 100
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Jasper Johns's In Memory of My Feelings-Frank O’Hara.
Jonathan D. Katz
Katz, a pioneering figure in the development of sexuality and gender studies in art history, directs the Visual Studies Doctoral Program at the University at Buffalo and is a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania. An active curator as well as a scholar, Katz has written extensively on postwar American art.