Memory Image: Introduction to Art (as) History|
Spring 2022 not offered
One premise of art history is that works of art necessarily register or encode the time and place of their making. Some art practices, though, operate historically in more than an artifactual sense, whether by revisiting the art historical past through citation, or by actively responding to the socioeconomic, technological, or cultural conditions of their present. Works that comprise the focus of this class engage directly in the project of historical representation and research, recasting these activities through painting, photography, installation, and performance (from experiments in abstraction to queered archives and restaged mass protests). Spanning a series of case studies from post-Holocaust New York School painting to post-Katrina site-specificity, this course provides an introduction to the practice of art history by way of recent works of art that have made the resources (and limitations) of historical methodologies a subject of investigation. What is the role of art as historical memory in an increasingly image-soaked world?
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Readings by theorists and art historians including Walter Benjamin, Siegfried Kracauer, Darby English, Jennifer Roberts, Svetlana Boym, Jacques Derrida, Mark Godfrey.
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Weekly reading responses, 1 in-class presentation, 2 short papers, 1 longer paper (6 pages)
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