Art After 1945|
This course examines artistic production between 1945 and 1980 with a primary focus on the United States. The historical conflicts of that tumultuous period brought new challenges for artists as they attempted, in their work, to respond to the "caesura of civilization" brought about by the Holocaust and World War II, to contend with the consolidation of postwar consumer capitalism and mass culture, and to situate their work in relation to the far-reaching social upheavals of the 1960s and '70s. Practices linked to the early 20th-century avant-garde (such as abstraction, the ready-made, Dada, and surrealism) echoed in these years as attention shifted from the canvas and studio to greatly expanded contexts of reception and public experience. The boundaries of the art object transformed in turn as artists developed new forms and new models of spectatorship to confront a world that had placed enormous pressure on traditional concepts of humanist subjectivity. Topics include New York School painting, pop art, minimalism, process art, conceptual art, performance, site-specificity, and institutional critique.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(ARHA-MN)(ARHA)(ARHA-Asian/Isla)(ARHA-Eur/Am/Afr)(ARST)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Yve-Alain Bois, Benjamin Buchloh, Hal Foster, Rosalind Krauss, ART SINCE 1900 (Third Edition) VOL. 2, (ART SINCE 1945) (London: Thames and Hudson, 2016) ISBN-10: 0500285357
Essays posted on e-reserve.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Term paper developed in several phases, two exams.
|Instructor(s): Grace,Claire Times: ..T.R.. 08:50AM-10:10AM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 35||SR major: 9||JR major: 8|| || |
|Seats Available: 7||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 2||SO: 7||FR: 7|