Contemporary Art: 1980 to the Present|
Fall 2012 not offered
This course explores the terms of debate, key figures, and primary sites for the production and reception of contemporary art on a global scale since 1980. Students will learn how today's art has become more heterogeneous, contradictory, and dispersed than ever before; there is no cohesive international "art world." At the same time, we will explore the ways in which cultures influence each other and enter into dialogue through the itinerant work habits of many contemporary artists, curators, and critics. The course will be divided roughly into two halves: the first part will treat art produced primarily in the major cities of North America and Europe during the 1980s; the second part will focus on the changes prompted by the political, social, and cultural realignments that occurred after 1989, as today's globalized art world began to take concrete form.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(ARHA-MN)(ARHA)(ARST)(IDEA-MN)
Jean Robertson and Craig McDaniel, THEMES OF CONTEMPORARY ART: VISUAL ART SINCE 1980, New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.
Zoya Kocur and Simon Leung, ed., THEORY IN CONTEMPORARY ART SINCE 1985, London: Blackwell, 2004.
Julian Stallabrass, CONTEMPORARY ART: A VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION, New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.
Other required essays will be made available online.
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Short writing assignment, research paper, midterm exam, final exam.
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