Bruce High Quality Foundation University Launches New May Classes

by Corinna Kirsch on May 20, 2014 Events

Bruce High Quality Foundation University

Bruce High Quality Foundation University

Bruce High Quality Foundation University (BHQFU), the city’s only bastion for free and off-the-wall art education, has announced new courses for a two-week session this May. It’s part of the collective’s latest acronym-stretching project BYOU (Bring Your Own University).

Instead of semester-long classes, there’ll be one-time-only talks, screenings, and workshops, all based on an open call. Some of the sessions will be about art (there’s a panel discussion on Ana Mendieta), and some of it’s not (there’s a PowerPoint presentation on the history of YuGiOh!). Even yours truly is giving a talk, and on one of my favorite subjects—really bad reality TV.

I’ve added a few easy descriptions to the BYOU schedule because I want you to go. I bet you’ll learn something, and if nothing else, you’ll get to hang out with the Bruces’ new cats-in-residence.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 4:00 PM

Intro to the World Art in One Hour by Nozomi Kato

In this mini-course, you’ll learn about the history of art from an Afro-centric perspective, starting out in Ancient Egypt then landing (boom!) right here in present-day New York. It’ll be fast—the course promises that “students will be able to write about a hundred art objects in two hours” and during the course, students will be encouraged to blog.

Thursday, May 22, 2014, 7:00 PM

Programming Languages as Art with Daniel Temkin

A history of programming languages as art. Topics to be discussed include programming languages that belong to the realm of the absurd,  i.e. “languages that exist for no practical purpose (called esolangs for ‘esoteric programming languages’).”

Friday, May 23, 2014, 7:00 PM

Feminist Urgent Round Table: Ana Mendieta’s Artistic Legacy and the Persistence of Patriarchy, organized by Katya Grokhovsky

With Susan Bee, Kat Chamberlin, Christen Clifford, Lindsey Drury, Esther Neff and Mira Schor.

Did Carl Andre kill Ana Mendieta? The answer doesn’t seem to matter so much to the collector and institution art world—Andre commands a wealth of attention from museums while Mendieta’s influence seems almost frittered away in academia. Panelist will discuss Mendieta’s legacy as “a precedent of patriarchy at work, but analyze the current events, in which the staying power and patterns of male-domination seem to still hold monopoly.”

Saturday, May 24, 2014, 8:00 PM


See some performances you’ve never seen before! Like the BHQFU’S open-mic performance sessions, you don’t really know what you’ll see until you get there, but anything’s fair game, we guess!

Sunday, May 25, 2014, 4:00 PM

Ink Drawing Session with Talia Shulze

Bring some paper and something to draw on. That’s all you gotta do!

Monday, May 26, 2014, 7:00 PM

YuGiOh! Lecture with Alice Sparkly Kat

Kids love YuGiOh! Adults love YuGiOh! Now you, too, can find out what the hell is going on with this perennially popular manga series/video game/trading card franchise.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 7:00 PM

Daytime/Reality with Corinna Kirsch and Arden Sherman

We’re going to watch and talk about daytime TV shows (Kelly & Michael, The View, Good Morning America, and all the soap operas) and reality TV shows (the really “bad” ones like Secret Princes and Breaking Amish). There’s going to be some art overlap, but mostly we’re just going to revel in the secrets and codes of the most popular TV you’re not watching on a regular basis. BYOB!

Wednesday, May 28, 7:00 PM

re: re: re: thinking email with Molly Nelson Sent from my iPhone

Here’s a practical session! From the PR:

Over the past six months I have written approximately 10,000 unique professional e-mails. Based on this figure alone, I would consider it fair to say that I am somewhat of an e-mail expert. We all know that some e-mails are more difficult to write than others. I would like to address how to approach drafting a few of the more challenging types of messages including:

-How to communicate bad news without admitting fault

-How to write a deceptively personal mass mailing

-How to request urgent assistance without sounding pushy

-How to tint every e-mail with rose colored glasses

-How to avoid redundancy when attaching a cover letter or proposal

Thursday, May 29, 2014, 7:00 PM

Chatroom Discussion Group Topic: Creating A More Sustainable Arts Economy with TBA

And now for a very practical session! The weekly Chatroom course covers the topic of how to create new art economies outside the blue-chip model. Panelists TBA.

Friday, May 30, 2014, 10:00 PM

Screening of The Aristocrats (2005), followed by a contest led by Conrad Volle

And as a casual closer to the BYOU series, watch the The Aristocrats (2005), a dirty documentary about dirty jokes. Afterward, see if you’ve learned a thing or two about joke-making by participating in the first-ever BHQFU Aristocrats Joke Contest. With prizes!

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