Spring 2012 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Terranova, Charissa
Discipline and Number
HUAS 6315 Section 001
R Time 10:00 AM - 12:45 PM
Course Title
Conceptual Art

Description of Course:

In 1968 Lucy Lippard and John Chandler published an article titled "The Dematerialization of Art" in Art International. Their goal was to give voice and cohesion to the very non-cohesive condition of contemporary art. Earlier that decade, Henry Flynt had referred to a related phenomenon as "concept art." By the 1970s, many referred to the rhetorical disappearance of the conventional art object as conceptual art: a neo-dada condition in which art seems to be anything while always being a matter of mediation, intellectual-critical or technological.

This class offers a deep history of the dematerialization of the art object, from Hegel to Jeff Wall.

Required Texts:

G.W.F. Hegel, Lectures on Fine Art (Aesthetics) Volume 1, trans. by T. M. Knox
Leo Tolstoy, What is Art?
Stanley Cavell, The World Viewed: Reflections on the Ontology of Film
Rosiland Krauss, “A Voyage on the North Sea”: Art in the Age of the Post-Medium Condition
Clement Greenberg, "Avant-Garde and Kitsch"
Clement Greenberg, "Modernist Painting"
Jack Burnham, "Systems Aesthetics"
Jeff Wall, '“Marks of Indifference”: Aspects of Photography In, Or As, Conceptual Art', in Ann Goldstein and Anne Rorimer (eds), Reconsidering the Object of Art, 1965-1975 (LA: LA Museum of Contemporary Art, 247-267).

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Weekly reading assignments, attendance, vigorous discussion in class, a final research topic agreed upon by professor culminating in a 22-page paper.

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