This seminar provides an introduction to key concepts in art history, theory, and criticism bring- ing students into contact with the various aspects and different meanings of the art object. Through primary texts relevant to the theory and practice, the course will broaden the students’ view on the material (or immaterial) life of the art object,

The course will be divided in two parts. In the first one, materiality in art will be analyzed in a his- torical perspective, from the 50s medium specificity, to the centrality of the object in the 60s, to the dematerialization in the 70s with a specific focus on post-humanism and the new centrality of materiality in recent years.

The second part of the course will focus on the different values the artwork assumes in different contexts, from the artist’s studio, to the art gallery, the collector’s house, the museum and the conservation lab. This class explores a range of possible situations in which the work of art, and therefore the curator, have specific roles.