The Economics of Art (The Chicago Scene)

Introduction to Chicago and guests sharing experiences combining arts and entrepreneurship in theater, visual art, film, music, dance, marketing, and comedy. Discussion focuses on their careers and career paths, and relationships among facilities, budgets, and missions. Site visits, guest speakers, and internships help assess history and changing mission of arts organizations, evolution of site and impact on creative work, identification of audience(s), response to current economic climate, and organization of staff as a reflection of priorities/values.


Introduction to field of performance studies, with examples drawn from music, dance, theatre, performance art, protests, rituals, and everyday life. Through comparative study of global performance, we explore the usefulness of concepts of ritual, play, and performativity as they relate to performance and technology; intercultural performance and implications and ethics of appropriation and borrowing; originality and imitation; archive and repertoire; performative writing; and the performative dimensions of gender, race, and sexuality. Instructor: Rogers