Fall 2010 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Terranova, Charissa
Discipline and Number
AHST 3320 Section 501
MW Time 5:30 PM - 6:45 PM
Course Title
History of Mobility in Art

Description of Course:

This course focuses on the history of mobility and technology in modern and contemporary art and architecture. Dr. Terranova will explain chapters in the history of modern and contemporary art through the lens of the following technologies: photography, the train, elevator, escalator, the automobile, film, VHS, surveillance camera, TV, telephone and prosthetics. Lectures will cover the following topics: 19th-century mobility, the train in Impressionism, Cubism, Futurism, modern architecture and the car (Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, and Buckminster Fuller), Sigfried Giedion and Norman Bel Geddes on the highway, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and “vision and movement,” kinetic art, paradigm shifts mid century from being to becoming, the neo-avant-garde, the automobile and transformed landscape, the car and art literally and the car and art perceptually ontologically and epistemologically, Conceptualism and the car, moving image art (film and video) and new media art.

Required Texts:

All readings are available through the library at docutek.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Some background knowledge in the history of art.

Attendance, weekly reading available on-line, weekly reading of the Friday New York Times art sections, two small art reviews, a mid-term and final examination.

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