Oaxaca Classes, 2023
Art and Place, Reconsidered 2 ARTS 595, section 100 and Art and Place, Reconsidered 3 ARTS 595, section 101)
This course presents an introduction to the ethnobotany of Oaxaca and the related economies of growing, harvesting, and marketing traditional goods. Students will consider the many plants and minerals, as well as some animals (sheep and their wool) and insects (cochineal bugs and their pigment) that are used for dyes, architectural materials, medicines, foods, and textiles. Local experts will give presentations at the sites that tell the stories of these plant and animal beings. Local traditional knowledge keepers will present their perspectives on the complexities and challenges of ethnobotanical economies of Oaxaca.
Techno Lab ARTS 595, section 104
This workshop course will give students the opportunity to experience the process of natural dyeing and weaving that is particular to the textile village of Teotitlán de Valle. The Women’s Textile Collective of Teotitlán will teach the course and provide their perspective on the craft traditions of the village and the realities of bringing naturally dyed, handwoven goods to market. Students will engage with the raw materials, try their hand at dyeing and weaving, and visit the textile market at Tlacolula. The workship will be augmented by a visit to the Textile Museum in Oaxaca, and the Regional Municipal Museum in Teotitlán, and critical readings to understand the various histories and narratives of craft and textiles that run through Oaxacan culture.
Critique Class (Critique Exchange 3, ARTS 595, section 103) and MFA Projects (Dissertation Hours 699, section 100):
The critique class brings together program faculty with first year and second year students in order to give each artist critical feedback on their artistic practice. The critiques will be followed by a public open house and exhibition.
Distinguished Practitioner ARTS 595, Section 107:
This class will work with the Women's Weaving Collective in Teotitlan, as students learn about the Solidarity Economy strategies that the collective uses to bring its textile arts to the public. Students will create an archive publication for the Collective after the residency.
Estimated Lodging: $1095.31
Estimated Food: minimum $300.00
Estimated Taxis: $150.00
Estimated Buses: $75.00
Total estimated costs = $1,620.31