Ucla Creative Writing Mfa Program

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Conceptualism and minimalism raised brainy questions about art and visual perception, while students today favor art about nonart issues.Blame Derrida and his fellow French theorists, whose invasion of academia fostered a fashion for deconstructing language in the 70's, patriarchy in the 80's and gender in the 90's.Stopping into the studio of Sandeep Mukherjee, an Indian student with an elegantly shaved head, I found him at work on an interesting drawing based on photographs. '' I don't want my name in your article,'' he said, explaining that he recently had a one-man show at the Steffany Martz Gallery, in Manhattan, and ''it would hurt my reputation if people knew I was a student.'' Someone else pointed out that you can't damage your reputation if you don't have one.

Conceptualism and minimalism raised brainy questions about art and visual perception, while students today favor art about nonart issues.Blame Derrida and his fellow French theorists, whose invasion of academia fostered a fashion for deconstructing language in the 70's, patriarchy in the 80's and gender in the 90's.Stopping into the studio of Sandeep Mukherjee, an Indian student with an elegantly shaved head, I found him at work on an interesting drawing based on photographs. '' I don't want my name in your article,'' he said, explaining that he recently had a one-man show at the Steffany Martz Gallery, in Manhattan, and ''it would hurt my reputation if people knew I was a student.'' Someone else pointed out that you can't damage your reputation if you don't have one.

In design circles, the college is known as ''the car school,'' deservedly so. It was only 20-odd years ago that the school decided to start an M. The faculty now includes a striking number of well-known artists -- like Mike Kelley, the 44-year-old superstar known for his assemblages of sad-eyed teddy bears, the painter Stephen Prina and the video artist Diana Thater. A., perhaps because it feels less like a place to network than to theorize your way to nirvana. And we're not going back to learn from plaster casts.

It's renowned for its transportation department, and many of its graduates hold jobs dreaming up new vehicles for G. The program's chairman is Richard Hertz, who holds a Ph. in philosophy, and who gave me a copy of his novel when we met. It's like life.'' Art Center is often described as the polar opposite of U. Classes are held around the clock; to listen in is to know that the students have read dense pages of Julia Kristeva and view their sexuality as ''a social construct.'' When, exactly, did art-worldlings get so verbal? '' You can't not have theory,'' he said heatedly. We're not going back to white-boy versions of art history.'' It was around 7 in the evening, and we were sitting in a dimly lighted hall in the Del Mar Building.

'' But it's universities that support artists.'' It was a shining afternoon, and the air was fragrant with the scent of eucalyptus trees. That figure does not include students of commercial art and design, who will receive another 500 M. There's no official tally of students enrolled in M. Does this mean that we're in the midst of a cultural flowering, a bright new renaissance? '' The art is either feminist or deconstructionist, and basically it looks like homework, because what is homework but learning how to follow the teacher's rules?

Burden is a heavyset man with a fringe of brown bangs, and he was dressed haphazardly in an orange button-down shirt and beige shorts. '' In truth, it has been three decades since contemporary art acquired the look of the seminar room.

Young artists today have something in common with doctors and lawyers: they need to be academically certified.

'' When, I wondered, did cutting-edge art become a lesson you learn at school?

While art schools have flourished since the 16th century, it was only in the 1960's that they became lodged in universities -- and critical theory was elevated above craftsmanship.

Whereas once students attended life classes and learned skills by drawing from a model ('' We will begin by drawing, we will go on drawing and then we will continue to draw,'' Ingres famously instructed his charges), today they sit in paint-free classrooms devising strategies for subverting the patriarchal order.

For much of this century, the question elicited the same vehement answer.

Academies, the argument went, were anathema to creativity.

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