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All my living room seminars in Montreal are currently on hold due to COVID 19.

THEMES IN CONTEMPORARY ART & TELEVISION

This seminar will examine prevalent themes in contemporary visual culture through an analysis of contemporary art and television drama series produced during the last decade.

This seminar will focus upon the ways in which contemporary artists and American, Canadian, and British television drama series explore and interrogate contemporary philosophical, ethical, aesthetic, and political debates. We will look at contemporary artists from around the globe who work in a variety of media, including sculpture, installation, video art, performance art, photography, painting, and drawing.

Optional readings are provided and there are no assignments. I bake delicious treats for every class.

Your only homework is watching two TV pilot episodes prior to each class!

TOPICS:

Week 1: Narrative & Language with Deadwood & The Wire

Week 2: Identity, Gender & Sexuality with Vida & Grace and Frankie

Week 3: Morality & Medicine with House & Nurse Jackie

Week 4: Place with Lost & The 100

Week 5: Surveillance with Person of Interest & Mr. Robot

Week 5: The Fantastical with The Magicians & Sense 8

200 for 6 week course. $35 per class drop in fee.

Full seminar fee due via Interac e-transfer or Paypal. Cheques & cash are also accepted on the first day of class. Drop in fees are due during the weekly classes.

Email kristen@kh1art.ca for a course syllabus and to reserve a spot for the entire seminar or a weekly topic.

Dr. Kristen Hutchinson is an art historian, visual artist, curator, and art consultant. She received her PhD in the History of Art from University College London in 2007. Kristen has taught art history courses at universities and colleges in Canada, the US, and the UK. She is currently writing a non-fiction book about supernatural creatures in contemporary art, film and television.

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FEMINISM & TV

Affordable online seminar about feminism and television from 2000 to the present. This course will examine how gender, sexuality, ability, race, ethnicity, class, and status are represented in 21stcentury television shows.

Through an analysis of drama, comedy, reality TV, animation, horror and fantasy, we will discuss the similarities and differences of how tropes about gender, sexuality, ability, race, ethnicity, class, and status are constructed and represented across various genres. We will focus on TV series with female, women identified, non-binary, and trans protagonists.

Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in my Montreal living room.

Optional readings are provided and there are no assignments. I bake delicious treats for every class.

Your only homework is watching two TV episodes prior to each class!

TOPICS:

Week 1: Drama with Grey’s Anatomy & Unbelievable

Week 2: Comedy with Broad City & Fleabag

Week 3: Reality TV with Queer Eye  & Are You the One? 

Week 4: Animation with Bertie and Tuca & Steven Universe

Week 5: Horror with The Exorcist & Channel Zero: Dream Door

Week 5: Fantasy with The Handmaid’s Tale & Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

200 for 6 week course. $35 per class drop in fee.

Full seminar fee due via Interac e-transfer or Paypal. Cheques & cash are also accepted on the first day of class. Drop in fees are due during the weekly classes.

Email kristen@kh1art.ca for a course syllabus and to reserve a spot for the entire seminar or a weekly topic.

Dr. Kristen Hutchinson is an art historian, visual artist, curator, and art consultant. She received her PhD in the History of Art from University College London in 2007. Kristen has taught art history courses at universities and colleges in Canada, the US, and the UK. She is currently writing a non-fiction book about supernatural creatures in contemporary art, film and television.

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SEXUALITIES & CONTEMPORARY TELEVISION

How are sexual identities represented in television? In what ways have feminism and queer theory shaped popular culture and how we think about sexualities? What is sex positivity and how can we use it as a critical tool for interrogating representations of sexualities?

This course will examine how sex and sexualities are represented in 21stcentury television, including heterosexual, gay, lesbian, asexual, queer, trans, polyamorous, monogamous, pansexual, and bisexual subjectivities. Following the tradition of feminist cultural studies, we will consider a variety of television series as sites of struggle in which multiple and often-contradictory messages and mythsabout sexuality circulate. Through an analysis of documentaries, animation, reality TV, science fiction, fantasy, soap operas, comedies, and television dramas, we will discuss how popular culture depicts sexualities and how representations of sexualities intersect with gender, race, class, and culture.

Optional readings are provided and there are no assignments. I bake delicious treats for every class.

Your only homework is watching two TV episodes prior to each class!

TOPICS:

Week 1: Heterosexual Representations with Sex and the City & This is Us

Week 2: Lesbian Representations with The L Word: Generation Q & Vida

Week 3: Gay Male Representations with Please Like Me & Sense 8

Week 4: Bisexual, Pansexual & Asexual Representations with Lost Girl  & Bojack Horseman

Week 5: Polyamory and Monogamy with She’s Gotta Have It & Trigonometry

Week 6: BDSM & Kink with Bonding & Mercy Mistress

Each class is 2 hours, once a week

$200 for 6 week course. $35 per class drop in fee

Email kristen@kh1art.ca for a course syllabus, inquire about the next seminar dates and to reserve a spot for the entire seminar or a weekly topic.

Dr. Kristen Hutchinson is an art historian, visual artist, curator, and art consultant. She received her PhD in the History of Art from University College London in 2007. Kristen has taught art history, feminism, and popular culture courses at universities and colleges in Canada, the US, and the UK. She is currently writing a non-fiction book about supernatural creatures in contemporary art, film and television.

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FEMINISM & POPULAR CULTURE

How have feminisms both critiqued and transformed mainstream popular culture? What is feminist popular culture? What could it be?

 This seminar will examine representations of women and gender identities in popular culture through the lens of feminism. We will look at how feminists have both critiqued and transformed mainstream popular culture. 

Optional readings are provided and there are no assignments. I bake delicious treats for every class.

Your only homework is watching a film or TV episode prior to each class!

TOPICS:

Week 1: Feminism & Film with Miss Representation (2011)

Week 2: Feminism & TV with The Truth about Female Desire (2015)

Week 3: Feminism, Comics & Graphic Novels with She Makes Comics (2014)

Week 4: Feminism & Music with My Prairie Home (2013) & Lemonade (2016)

Week 5: Feminism & Video Games with GFTO: The Movie (2015)

Week 6: Feminism & Supernatural Creatures with “Witches.” True Horror with Anthony Head (2004)

Each class is 2 hours, once a week

$200 for 6 week course. $35 per class drop in fee

Email kristen@kh1art.ca for a course syllabus, inquire about the next seminar dates and to reserve a spot for the entire seminar or a weekly topic.

Dr. Kristen Hutchinson is an art historian, visual artist, curator, and art consultant. She received her PhD in the History of Art from University College London in 2007. Kristen has taught art history, feminism, popular culture courses at universities and colleges in Canada, the US, and the UK. She is currently writing a non-fiction book about supernatural creatures in contemporary art, film and television.

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