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Contemporary Art Since 1980
ARHA 252
Spring 2016
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: AMST 287

This historically rooted introduction to contemporary art sets an anchor around 1980 and moves through the major debates of the last thirty-five years. This period gave rise to a remarkable range of historical transformations: a post-communist Europe; an economically prominent China; the AIDS crisis and queer activism; increasingly molecular degrees of technological and visual mediation in everyday life; the consolidation of a globalized network of travel, communication, and capital; climate change; and a seemingly perpetual "war on terror," to name only a few. This course attends to the changing vocabulary of approaches by which artists both intervened in these conditions and positioned their work in relation to a longer view of the history of art. Rather than a strictly chronological survey, the course attends to specific theoretical frameworks (postcolonial, feminist, anti-racist, poststructural, etc.) and formal techniques (installation, video projection, social practice, public intervention, etc.) that fuel current practice.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ART
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(ARHA-MN)(ARHA)(ARST)
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

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