The Narrative Container: boite en valise – S1110-18

Date: Aug 13 - 17, 2018

Skill Level(s): II to III i

Instructor(s): Lauren Fensterstock

Tuition: $975
Studio Fee: $175
Registration Fee: $45


Develop the tools necessary to express your ideas with nuance and clarity, and find methods to push your work into new territory. Inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s Boite en Valise – a suitcase filled with miniatures of his life’s work – participants make their own collection inside a box, suitcase or found container. Through Duchamp’s example, we consider different kinds of collections. What is the difference between a wonder cabinet, a natural history collection, a surrealist collage, and a Joseph Cornell assemblage? We explore the cultural messaging of specific formats, materials and contexts.

Media & Techniques:

Using simple tools, writing exercises, drawing, collage and map-making exercises, we mine your artwork for new questions and possibilities. Participants can expect to leave with the seeds for future projects, including sketches, models, plans, an artist statement, a list of questions and detailed writing about individual works.


Students investigate their work through guided exercises, slide lectures and conversations. We choose materials and formats to respond to conceptual prompts and practice articulating the meaning behind our choices.


Lauren Fensterstock is a United States Artist Barr Fellow, whose work has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions at MOCA Jacksonville, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Bowdoin College Museum of Art and Drexel University. Her work is represented by Claire Oliver Gallery in New York.

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