It’s bizarre to think that, with the culmination of my final semester at Hopkins, I’ll have an oversized, illegible-cursive-font diploma in my very own hands. Fleeting memories of semesters past have all given way to five classes that separate me from graduation from Johns Hopkins University. It hasn’t been easy—and that’s okay—but it has led me to a senior spring semester that’s the pinnacle of perfection. My current course load, finally free of distribution requirements and departmental stipulations *cough ancient and medieval art cough*, spans all of my interests and has sustained a genuine excitement for the material and assignments. I’ve also tailored my schedule to accommodate five-day weekends; after all, only two of my classes meet at predetermined times as the others involve either independent work or take place online. Without further ado, here’s the schedule-to-end-all-schedules—my final semester at Hopkins.
Are we tired of reading about this yet? The answer is likely yes. I’ll spare you the details until after I’ve completed this pesky little pal, but I will say that progress is slowly but surely being made. Just last night I assembled all of the ongoing chapters into one word document and it was simultaneously horrifying and exhilarating. In case you haven’t been following the progression of this yearlong pursuit, here are some buzzwords to clue you in until an upcoming blog on the subject: Pierre Huyghe! Retrospective practices! Spectatorship! Surrogacy! Site-specificity! Non-narrativity! Palimpsestic! Wow! Very cool + fun!
CAPSTONE IN MUSEUMS & SOCIETY
My last blog goes in-depth into my senior capstone as a Museums & Society minor. I was able to plan a residency and exhibition for the French artist Thomas Teurlai in the parking garage of a former manufacturing warehouse. It was an unbelievable experience for an undergraduate student to have—a recurring theme here at Hopkins—and was at once onerous, eye-opening, and incredible. There’s also been some cool press following the opening in the News-Letter (s/o JHU_Molly), Hub, and Brine.
THE BUSINESS OF MUSEUMS
Of my admittedly few on-campus extracurriculars, sitting on the Museums & Society Student Advisory Committee has been a rather cool opportunity. At one meeting, I expressed an interest in a course that would delve into administrative aspects of the museum world—a topic that is addressed in one of the intro courses but not overly emphasized. Lo and behold, the opportunity arose to enroll in a course through the MA in Museum Studies at Hopkins. It’s an amazing chance to take a graduate-level course in a topic that interests and challenges me, and the online format both forges new forms of interaction and allows for museum professionals to enroll in the courses. As my classmates for the semester, each brings a solid background in museum practice that inspires me in my current contemplations of a future career.
THE ‘LONG SIXTIES’ IN EUROPE
This is the first class that I’ve taken with my thesis advisor and I’ve been blown away by the depth with which she presents the material. The material looks to extend the ways in which we bracket artistic periods by looking at the historical moments that precede and succeed the 1960s. So far we’ve considered artists such as Yves Klein, Georges Mathieu, Gilbert and George, and Günther Uecker, and we’re currently organizing an exhibition of materials from Special Collections that explore Lettrism from a number of historical and medium-based viewpoints. As we approach our final term paper, it’s crazy to see how drastically my art historical approaches to the course material have changed since entering Hopkins as a freshman.
INTRODUCTION TO FILM THEORY
As I’ve mentioned before, Film Theory has given me a really solid and accessible introduction to the ideas that underlie film and the cinematic experience. Each week we approach a different topic with student presentations mixed in, and our final assignment entails analyzing a film through one of the approaches that we’ve looked at in class. (Will I end up analyzing the greatest film of our generation, Wall-E? TBD) My favorite component of this course has to be our weekly film screenings in Gilman that correspond with class material. As I’ve always wanted to take a film class, I’m glad I finally had the opportunity to make it happen.
These five courses and successfully walking across a fancy stage are the only things standing between me and that coveted diploma of my dreams. It’s been great crafting and living out the perfect schedule, and it’s hard to believe that these are my last classes for the time being. In any case, life as a second semester senior art history major is not half bad, and hopefully my course load gives you a glimpse into ~the good life~