Spring 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Terranova, Charissa
Discipline and Number
AHST 3318 Section 501
T Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Contemporary Art

Description of Course:

This course is a lecture survey with images given in digital slide format (PowerPoint) offering an overview of the emergence of "contemporary art" in the post-WW II period. Topics include: the Duchamp effect, Pop art in the world, the transformation of art as a result of Roland Barthes’ “Death of the Author,” theory and Conceptualism in art and architecture, the politics of the body and spatiality, gender and sexuality in the 1970s and 1980s, postmodernism in art and architecture, the philosophy of Deconstruction and its effects on art and architecture, video, installation art, British art in the 1990s, the death drive of painting, painting in the new millennium, the new flatness and scatter art.

Together we will investigate the greater political economy of individual objects, buildings and events of the recent past, our goal being an understanding of how they are constitutive of the greater political, social and economic network of forces in which we live today. The course is made up of weekly lectures and readings, a film, museum and gallery visits, two written assignments, and a midterm and final examination.

Required Texts:

David Hopkins’ After Modern Art, 1945-2000

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Attendance, discussion in class, mid-length written exercise, mid-term and final exams.

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