ARTH287 - CONTEMPORARY ART

Many people experience the art of our time as bewildering, shocking, too ordinary (my kid could do that), too intellectual (elitist), or simply not as art. Yet what makes this art engaging is that it raises the question of what art is or can be, employs a range of new materials and technologies, and addresses previously excluded audiences. It invades non-art spaces, blurs the boundaries between text and image, document and performance, asks questions about institutional frames (the museum, gallery, and art journal), and generates new forms of criticism. Much of the "canon" of what counts as important is still in flux, especially for the last twenty years. And the stage is no longer centered only on the United States and Europe, but is becoming increasingly global. The course will introduce students to the major movements and artists of the post-war period, with emphasis on social and historical context, critical debates, new media, and the changing role of the spectator/participant.
Section 001 - LEC
Unlike Impressionism, Cubism and Minimalism, Contemporary Art refers neither to a specific historical period, nor a recognizable aesthetic. We cannot say with any certainty when it began or whether it will ever end, because it is tied to that most unstable of temporal categories: the “now.” Contemporary Art is also culturally and geographically heterogeneous, and it encompasses every kind of aesthetic activity, provided it can be linked to the present or the recent past. Its histories are consequently both heterogeneous, and highly unstable, and it is only from the perspective of a particular “here” and “now” that we can recount any of them. One of the most striking features of today’s art world is the conspicuous place occupied in it by the photographic image. Looking back, we can see that much of the art-making of the past 6o years has been shaped by this medium. In this course, we will trace the history of our photographic present, beginning with Pop Art, and concluding with Thomas Ruff’s jpegs.
MW 1000AM-1100AM
SILVERMAN, KAJA
ARTS, RSRCH & CULTR - 3601 LO CREST
  • ARTH687001
Section 201 - REC
R 0330PM-0430PM
SCHMENNER, WILLIAM D
JAFFE BUILDING 113
    Section 202 - REC
    F 1200PM-0100PM
    ISGRO, MARINA CANDIDA
    JAFFE BUILDING B17
      Section 203 - REC
      R 1100AM-1200PM
      SCHMENNER, WILLIAM D
      JAFFE BUILDING 104
        Section 204 - REC
        R 1200PM-0100PM
        ISGRO, MARINA CANDIDA
        JAFFE BUILDING 104
          Section 205 - REC
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            Section 206 - REC
            CANCELED
              Section 789 - REC