Issues in Contemporary Art|
Spring 2011 not offered
Activist art emerged in the mid-1970s and continues to evolve and expand in the tumultuous early years of the 21st century. This hybrid cultural practice, which is shaped as much by the real world as it is by the art world, raises questions that have long fueled debates about the relationship between art and politics. Should political issues inform artistic production and the content of artwork? What power does art have to effect sociopolitical change? This seminar will focus on the period from the 1960s to the present by exploring the confluence of aesthetic, sociopolitical, and technological impulses of the last 35 years or more that have contributed to the emergence of this artistic phenomenon.
For a seminar in which discussion and participation are central , speaking is, by definition, a key capability. Writing well and clearly is an equally important form of communication and, like speaking, demonstrates a students' grasp of the material and their critical thinking skills.
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Readings will include monographs, journal articles, essays, and contemporary reviews in the areas of art history, as well as relevant political and historical texts.
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Evaluation will be based on class participation, demonstration of critical reading of assigned texts, ability to do independent research, the quality and timely completion of research and writing assignments, and attendance.
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Permission of instructor. Interview required and is by appointment only. Contact instructor - email@example.com. Writing sample demonstrating critical thinking ability required. An interest and knowledge of contemporary art, culture and politics is important.
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