Fall 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

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

Description of Course:

Contemporary art is a many splendored thing. It is a diamond-covered skull worth millions to investors; it is a jogger running pell-mell through the hallowed spaces of the National Portrait Gallery in London; it is a punk rock performance in a church protesting state politics; it is a tiny painting hung in a commercial gallery; it is a message spray-painted surreptitiously on a subway wall; it is a gathering of friends to discourse and dine; it is an interactive screen or a cyborg vision; it is the floor upon which you dance and the city in which you move. Its anarchy is our pleasure, enticement, and intellectual reverie.

This course offers a survey of the history of contemporary art, 1950-present. Through the theme of “dematerialization” we will focus on the shift from art-as-object to art-as-experience, looking to dada, neo-dada, gestural painting, performance, happenings, sound experimentation, early computer art, appropriation, interactive art, new media art, and conceptualism.

Required Texts:

Most readings will be available on-line through DOCUTEK.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

-regular attendance
-completion of weekly reading
-discussion in class
-weekly 300-word reading response
-mid-term exam
-research paper

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