History, Memory, and Tradition in Global Contemporary Art|
Spring 2013 not offered
This class examines a host of contemporary art-making practices from around the globe, centered on past-directed themes of history, memory, and tradition. In an effort to discern the significance of these concerns and the reasons for their prominence in recent art, a number of key questions will be posed:
What does the past mean to us today and how does this meaning relate to our ability to construct a better future? What should we remember and preserve at the present historical juncture and why? How should we accomplish this? Has the ability to forget the past become as important to us today as remembrance? Do close connections to history liberate or hamper us, hobble or empower us? Whose memories should we rely on and why? Does an information society make it easier for us to preserve and recollect the past or more difficult?
It is to considerations such as these and their implications for the way we live today that we will return throughout the semester.
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Robert Storr, SEPTEMBER: A HISTORY PAINTING BY GERHARD RICHTER (London: Tate Publishing, 2011)
Art Spiegelman, IN THE SHADOW OF NO TOWERS (New York: Pantheon, 2004) [ISBN: 0375423079]
Additional readings will be posted online throughout the semester.
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No exam or midterm
Student presentations of readings
Final research paper and presentation
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