Spring 2011

The Modern World

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-45  |  European Studies, as EUST-59


Natasha Staller (Section 01)


(Offered as ARHA 45 and EUST 59.)  This course will explore the self-conscious invention of modernism in painting, sculpture and architecture, from the visual clarion calls of the French Revolution to the performance art and earthworks of "art now." As we move from Goya, David, Monet and Picasso to Kahlo, Kiefer and beyond, we will be attentive to changing responses toward a historical past or societal present, the stance toward popular and alien cultures, the radical redefinition of all artistic media, changing representations of nature and gender, as well as the larger problem of mythologies and meaning in the modern period. Study of original objects and a range of primary texts (artists’ letters, diaries, manifestos, contemporary criticism) will be enhanced with readings from recent historical and theoretical secondary sources.

Limited to 80 students. Spring semester. Professor Staller.


Fine arts for non-majors


2015-16: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2011