Contemporary Art: 1960 to the Present|
Spring 2013 not offered
This course explores the terms of debate, the key figures, and the primary sites for the production and reception of contemporary art on a global scale since 1960. 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 transnational 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 from the 1960s through 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 globalizing art world began to take concrete form.
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||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(ARHA-MN)(ARHA)(ARST)(IDEA-MN)
Michael Archer, ART SINCE 1960 (London: Thames & Hudson, 2002)
Amelia Jones, ed., A COMPANION TO CONTEMPORARY ART SINCE 1945 (Oxford: Blackwell, 2006)
Zoya Kocur and Simon Leung, eds., 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 posted online.
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