Contemporary Art Since 1980|
Spring 2018 not offered
This historically rooted introduction to contemporary art sets an anchor around 1980 and moves through the major debates of the past 35 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 (e.g., postcolonial, feminist, antiracist, poststructural) and formal techniques (e.g., installation, video projection, social practice, public intervention) that fuel current practice.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(ARHA-MN)(ARHA)(ARST)
Primary sources and recent criticism posted on e-reserves.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Midterm and final exam
One 3-page paper, one 8-page paper