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Humor as a Transgressive Strategy in the Contemporary Visual Arts, 1960 - Present
ARHA 350
Spring 2008 not offered

Late 20th-century artists have used humor as a strategy to critique society. This course will consider artists from pop art, Fluxus, and early conceptual art to the present, emphasizing the past three decades. We will consider a full range of media, from traditional painting, sculpture, and photography to performance, video, installation, public, and Internet art. The course will also include selected writings on the nature of humor (Bergson, Freud, Koestler, and Hyde) and a consideration of such traditions as carnival, the trickster, and the signifying monkey to provide a foundation for our inquiry. Among the artists to be discussed: Ed Ruscha, Robert Arneson, Vito Acconci, Bruce Nauman, Hans Haacke, Robert Colescott, Komar and Melamid, Sandy Skoglund, William Wegman, Adrian Piper, Louise Lawler, David Hammons, Krzysztof Wodiczko, the Guerrilla Girls, Carrie Mae Weems, Andrea Fraser, Fred Wilson, and RTMark.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ART
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

Last Updated on FEB-27-2024
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