Middlebury Language School Graduate Programs


Karina Maddonni


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Karina Maddonni, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, holds a licenciatura degree in Visual Arts with a concentration in Painting (Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte, IUNA, Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Professor of Painting (National School of Fine Arts P. Pueyrredón, Argentina). She has specialized in combined artistic languages (IUNA), and is currently a member of the research team on "Art and Labor", at IUNA. She received artistic training in both practical and theoretical fields with leading figures from local and international art world. She has been teaching, since 1992, at the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (UADE), among other institutions, and in her own studio. She is currently Professor and Academic coordinator of the DEART (Art Department), at the School of Communication and Design, UADE. She has received several academic awards and is a member and representative of academic quality at UADE. Maddonni has offered seminars and workshops specializing in contemporary art. She has also been invited to lecture at national and international institutions. She has published several theoretical works about contemporary art. In recent years she has served as artistic and educational curator for exhibitions, biennials and art institutions, and has served as a jury of several art contests. Since 1997 she has worked as an illustrator as well as graphic designer for various publishers. Maddonni is also an artist and has exhibited her artwork since 1992 in solo and group exhibitions.





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SPAN 6617 - Art & Technology - New Media      

Contemporary Art, Technology, and New Media
*Three-week course, first session*

This course is conceived like a trip around the interesting and problematic relationship between Art and Technology. Since the beginning, Art and technè have been inseparable concepts. The historical Avant- gardes of the beginning of the 20th-century modified this view and deeply examined this relationship. The new technological discovers and the media that appeared during this century changed completely the Art landscape. Our course purposes an overview of the different art manifestations focusing in Latin-American productions such as video art, net art, interactive art, installations, urban interventions, performance art, blog art; and also will analyze the changes in the new spectators, as users or /operators and the social consequences that this situation involves. (.5 unit)

Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 6786 - Contemporary Argentine Art      

Three-week course, first session

This course will cover an overview of the current state of the art in Argentina. We will cover works from the mid-80's to today. The problematic relationship between the artistic and economic and social crises that shook the country in 2001 and the world in 2008, will be a topic of particular concern to our course. While Buenos Aires is one of the most important centers of production and circulation, we will also attempt to reflect the artistic situation in various cities, paying particular attention to Rosario, as the epicenter of production in contemporary art. We will work with paintings, sculptures, video art, performances, interventions, installations, and artistic productions that are evidence of the crossing of languages and their interdisciplinary nature. (.5 unit)

Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 6797 - Lat Amer Avant-Garde Art      

Latin American Avant-Garde Art
*Three-week course, first session*

The search for the NEW, the conflict between the local and the cosmopolitan, the self-questioning of the art institution per se, the encounter between the native and the European, the coexistence of the past and the modern spirit, and a deep sense of freedom, are some of the key elements in this course. We will study the social, political, and economic implications of this art in Latin America. In addition to the 1920s and 1930s, this course will also survey the spirit of rupture and revolution as it continues to evolve in the 1950 and 1960s. We will work with a wide variety of documents provided by the professor. (.5 unit)

Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2012

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SPAN 1351 - Art & Memory in Latin America      

Art and Memory in Latin America: The Argentine Case
In this course we will study Latin American art and its relationship to military dictatorships of the ’70s and ‘80s. The term memory—as a necessary subject and as an objective for many of the subsequent artistic practices—will be the main conceptual point to be developed throughout the course. We will work with texts, audio visual materials, and creative exercises of artistic production. We will pay special attention to Argentina, focusing on the Proceso de Reorganización Nacional (1976-1983) and its effects on contemporary art productions and on the cultural institutions of this country. (Two Spanish 0300 level classes or above, or by waiver)


Winter 2015

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