Spring 2014 - Get temporary access to course materials (Amherst College and Five-college students only)
Convergent Histories (Art Since 1950)
Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-153
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Lorne Falk (Section 01)
This course is a survey of contemporary art since 1950. It examines the dissolution of high art as a concept and looks at how media, from ceramics and textiles to photography, video and media art, came to contest that notion even while aspiring to it. In light of the convergence of discipline-specific and other cultural histories with modernism, this course considers counter modernisms and the deconstruction and revision of Western art history. Students will also be introduced to the global contemporary art world and begin to explore how art operates aesthetically, politically, emotionally, and intellectually. Through the work of selected artists, critics, curators, historians, and theorists, students will investigate a range of processes, concepts and issues that are important in global culture today.
Limited to 50 students. Spring semester. Visiting Professor Falk.
If Overenrolled: allow art majors first then allow a mix of non-majors and five college students