Spring 2020

Deconstructing Modernity: 1945–2000

Listed in: Architectural Studies, as ARCH-160  |  Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-160


Karen R. Koehler (Section 01)


(Offered as ARHA 160 and ARCH 160) This course examines the art, architecture, and design produced in Europe and the United States from the aftermath of World War II to the end of the twentieth century. We will begin with art in relationship to war, the Holocaust, and the expansion of capitalism, consumerism, suburbia, and the skyscraper. Finally, we will conclude by engaging the rejection of modernist strategies in the latter part of the twentieth century. We will survey movements such as COBRA, Abstract Expressionism, Pop art, the Situationists, Minimalism, land art, performance art, feminist art, Neo-Expressionism, and the archival turn; architectural groups such as Archigram, CIAM, the post modernists, and deconstructionists; and defining texts by Adorno, Sartre, Arendt, Debord, Foucault, Krauss, Derrida, among others.

Spring Semester. Visiting Assistant Professor Koehler.

ARHA 160 - L/D

Section 01
M 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM FAYE 117
W 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM FAYE 117

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Art Since 1900: Modernism, Antimodernism Postmodernism. Volume 2: 1945 to the present; 3rd edition London: Thames & Hudson, 2016 Hal Foster Amherst Books TBD
After Modern Art: 1945-2017. 2nd edition Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018 David Hopkins Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2020