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Section 401 - SEM
ARTH 786: FUTURISM— F. T. Marinetti, poet and impresario, proclaimed the founding of Futurism in 1909 with an inflammatory manifesto published on the front page of Le Figaro in Paris. He was soon joined by a group of artists, writers, musicians, architects, and theater designers, who hoped to wrench Italy out of its cultural and political passatismo. This would be the first avant-garde movement to embrace all the arts, and to address both elite and mass audiences with the goal transforming Italy into a modern cultural, industrial, and militaristic power. This seminar will seek to understand the context in which Futurism emerged, and the interconnections it forged between bold avant-garde strategies and nationalist politics. The movement is rife with apparent and real contradictions. Among the questions we will ask are: How did Futurist innovations in the arts serve its political goals? Why did the Futurists seek to create a new, "post-human" type? How did the Futurists imagine the metropolis of the future? What role did the machine play in their art? Why did a number of prominent women participate in this "anti-feminist" movement? Did the Futurists support or resist the ideology of Fascism? How did artists in other countries, including Russia, Argentina, and Britain, transform Futurism in constructing their own version of the movement? Has Futurism continued to play a role in contemporary art? Reading knowledge of Italian or French highly recommended.
R 0130PM-0330PM
  • ITAL685401