Here’s the draft syllabus for a seminar I’m teaching next semester. Feedback very welcome.
This course is a revision of one I’ve taught to undergrads and grads the last few summers — The Downtown Scene, 1960-80 — stripping out almost everything but Warhol and expanding the amount of time I was able to devote to several aspects or periods of his career. It’s idiosyncratic: I have the 33 1/3 books in there not just to flesh out the discussion of 1970s vaguely Warholian music scenes but more importantly because Cyrus and I are both teaching here and can carry on an interesting conversation. (My book talks more about “Warholism” than his does, though some may argue that Warhol was more obviously important to the Stones than to Television during those years. Actually, I began teaching the Downtown Scenes course, an expansion of a few lectures from our Writing New York course, to help prepare me to write the Television book, though I’m now launching a much larger book project on New York in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, which I’m calling “The Age of Warhol,” even though I think we’re still living in that age more or less.)
Worth noting when you look at the reading list: I’m able to order books without worrying too much about cost due to the fact that my students are very lucky to enjoy a generous book subsidy. The course would look very different otherwise.
This syllabus from Liz Kotz helped me think through and refine my approach; I’m being as interdisciplinary or perhaps multidisciplinary as possible. The course will be listed as an Arts and Humanities colloquium and will count toward a range of majors: art, literature, music, film. I had very useful feedback from Kenneth Goldsmith, whose curatorial prowess (in print and on ubu.com) is absolutely essential to the course design. It looks as if he’ll be able to visit late in the semester, which will be fantastic for the students. If you’re looking to spend a little time fooling around on the web today, start with ubu’s Warhol pages. This bit in particular is an hour well spent: