Fall 2015

Contemporary Art Since 1960

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-251


Brianne C. Cohen (Section 01)


This course charts developments in contemporary art on a global scale since the 1960s. The first part of the course will concentrate on transformations in artistic practice following the breakdown of modernist discourse in the United States and Europe. We will discuss movements such as Pop Art, Conceptualism, Minimalism, Land Art, and more, while contextualizing these artistic movements in terms of the broader sociopolitical activism and changes that were occurring in the 1960s and 1970s. The course will then focus on a globalized shift in artistic production that took place in the 1980s and 1990s, tracing contemporary art from around the world and how it has responded to contested issues of post-colonialism, globalization, and the expansion of information technologies. Finally, the course will conclude with a theme-based exploration of diverse contemporary artistic movements and practices that investigate various ways of being and living in the world in the twenty-first century.

Limited to 25 students.  Fall semester.  Visiting Professor Cohen.

If Overenrolled: Priority to ARHA majors, then seniors, with the aim to engage students from across disciplines.


2020-21: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2015