Spring 2015 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Terranova, Charissa
Discipline and Number
AHST 3318 Section 001
TR Time 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Course Title
Contemporary Art

Description of Course:

This course offers a survey of the history of contemporary art, 1948-present. Through the theme of "dematerialization" we will focus on the shift from art-as-object to art-as-experience, looking to dada, neodada, gestural painting, performance, happenings, sound experimentation, early computer art, art and the mass media, interactive art, new media art, and conceptualism.

Goals and Outcomes:

Define and understand contemporary art according to the theme of "dematerialization."
Define and understand the relationship between dematerialization in art, science, and
Define and understand conceptual and new media art.
Identify the salient characteristics of contemporary art.
Visit Exhibition at Museum and/or Gallery in Dallas.
Gain knowledge of the history and theory of contemporary art.
Improve skills of public engagement and discourse in class.
Improve research skills.
Improve expository writing skills.

Required Texts:

Readings will be available on-line at Docutek.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Students are required to attend every class, complete all assignments (reading, writing, and exams), and participate with candor, verve, and commitment in class. Students are allowed one unexcused absence after which each absence will result in the lowering of the final grade by one full letter. Students with illnesses that require extended periods of absence are encouraged to officially withdraw from the class.

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