Art plus research equals... something
Post #1167 • April 28, 2008, 2:17 PM • 17 Comments
Brett Sokol on the Craig Robins initiative to start a graduate, perhaps post-graduate art program in Miami. Details are hard to come by.
This area will also be home to his new program, headily named Art + Research. If all goes according to plan, it'll open in September 2009 with eight-to-twelve "resident artists" - who will receive full scholarships, studio space, housing, and stipends. They hope to expand it later. The University of Miami-operated venture already has an impressive roster of New Yorkers onboard.
"To have $2 million given to this rich man's fantasy camp is more than annoying; it's a complete kick in the teeth to the art department," says [University of Miami] painting professor Darby Bannard. "We are hurting so bad over here for basic facilities. I spent two years just trying to get the floor in the wood shop fixed—it was so rotted out you could put your foot through it." Bannard's own pedagogical style eschews theoretical discussions. "It's very simple," he cracks. "I teach people to paint. Inspiration is fine, but if you don't have the skills, it's not going to go anywhere."
As a product of the UM graduate program, I can say with certainty that we could have found something more promising to do with $2 mil than cultivate the next scions of theory art. I note that no one on the side of the project says that it will result in some great art getting made. Will it? And does anything else really matter?