Please note: Because this seminar involves a trip to New York over spring break, it has a special application process outside of the IntroSems' VCA. Review the course description below for more information and important links. Students may apply for the Winter Quarter seminar between September 26th and October 27th, 2023.
This seminar is offered in conjunction with the annual "Arts Immersion" trip to New York that takes place over the spring break and is organized by the Stanford Arts Institute (SAI). Enrollment in this course is a requirement for taking part in the trip (and vice versa). The program is designed to provide a group of students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the cultural life of New York City guided by faculty and SAI staff. Students will experience a broad range and variety of art forms (visual arts, theater, opera, dance, etc.) and will meet with prominent arts administrators and practitioners, some of whom are Stanford alumni. For further details and updates about the trip, please visit the Stanford Arts Institute website.
In the seminar, we will prepare for the diverse experiences the trip affords and develop individual projects related to particular works of art, exhibitions, and performances that we’ll encounter in person during the stay in New York. Class time will be divided between readings, presentations, and one studio based creative project. The urban setting in which the various forms of art are created, presented, and received will form a special point of focus. A principal aim of the seminar will be to develop aesthetic sensibilities through writing critically about and responding creatively to the art that interests and engages us.
The Arts Immersion trip is subsidized by an Arts Institute endowment, but students are responsible for some minimal on-site costs. Details are available on the Arts Immersion website.
Meet the Instructor: Terry Berlier
Terry Berlier is an interdisciplinary artist who investigates the evolution of human interaction with queerness and ecologies. She has exhibited in solo and group shows in North America, Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia including the Marc Chagall National Museum in France, Museum of Old and New Art in Australia, Contemporary Art + Spirits in Osaka, Japan, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, and the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art. She has received numerous residencies and grants including the Creative Work Fund Grant, Center for Cultural Innovation Grant, the Zellerbach Foundation, and the Arts Council Silicon Valley Artist Fellowship. Her work has been reviewed in the Art in America, BBC News Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, is published in the book Seeing Gertrude Stein by Wanda Corn and Tirza Latimer through University of California Press, and Slant Step Book: The Mysterious Object and The Artworks it Inspired by Francesca Wilmott. She received a Masters in Fine Arts in Studio Art from University of California, Davis and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Berlier is a Professor and Director of the Sculpture Lab in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University.