Art 394: Gallery Issues & Practices
The TPK Student Art Gallery exhibitions are installed and chosen by students in the Art 394: Gallery Issues and Practices Course, which is held twice a week in the gallery. This hands-on course covers the various components of planning, organization and physical maintenance required for the successful functioning of an art gallery.
The class uses both historic and contemporary exhibitions as case studies in order to investigate the multiple forms of curating and exhibition design. The students participate in all elements of developing their own public exhibitions, which provides valuable experience and also familiarizes students with the critical, theoretical, and practical debates surrounding exhibitions. This allows the students to experience all roles of the gallery worker, including making studio visits with artists, selecting work, collaborating on decision-making, as well as organizing, scheduling, and installing the exhibition.
Students also learn how to publicize the gallery through the use of a website, social media, and press releases. Throughout the semester, each student must research and write critically about the works that have been exhibited in the gallery. Group field trips are also scheduled, allowing the students to visit numerous museums, galleries and art studios in order to expand their knowledge of the Los Angeles art world.