Institutional Critique

This week in art history we read about Institutional Critique. It was an art movement that started in the 1930s but took real strength in the 1960s. As the name would suggest it is a critique of the art institution, and how artists and their work are treated within it. The movement began with artists protesting the treatment they were getting from the art institution, specifically museums, curators, and the like.

However, as the movement got popular it was adopted by the very institution it was criticizing. Museums began to show more pieces that questioned the existing system. The main goal of the critique was to change the existing system and make it better or scrap the original and begin anew. The pieces ranged from passive protests, pieces that were meant to give awareness to the viewer by did not overly affect the existing systems all the way to more dangerous protests which could result in violence or danger to the population. More often then not, the piece would express a view the museum or collector would not appreciate and thus be taken down.



I don’t have any studios today, just badminton and piano. Yet I still got up really early to work. This morning I finished my 40 page art history reading. It focused on the act and importance of looking.

The book excerpt was about how different things give value and meaning to a piece of work. How every different way we interact with a piece changes it. Like knowing the historical context of a piece changes the emotional value or how a different viewer my extract an altered understanding of the same piece.

The article itself was very interesting, focusing on historically well-known pieces and pop icons alike. However it was written in a way that was hard to understand and keep track of. I found myself getting lost in the reading, glazing over the words and not comprehending. But I am finished and happy to be so.

End of Classes

As you can probably guess, the school year has finished up for me. I’m handing out a warning for all (my family and Max) my readers about the summer posts. Though there will definitely be more art posts, I will be posting about artists I am researching. One of my teachers from foundations suggested I go on an art history exploration and that is what I plan to do.

Finally Friday

Today was a pretty easy class. It was just a workday, which I was a little unhappy about because I left my embroidery in my room. Instead I worked on a new assignment they gave us, the empty a pen project. In the next week we have to empty a whole pen on a big piece of paper. I started drawing a village. Unfortunately this week started catching up to me and I fell asleep on the paper. I was out for about half an hour but no one woke me up and the professors didn’t seem bothered. All in all, not a bad day.


Today we played pictionary in class! I got to let my compeditive side out. Very fun. Unfortunately we lost, but the teachers were definitely favoring the other team, giving them hints. And we were cheated two points. 😦 All in all, still fun. Great class.