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This class provides an introduction to modern art and theories of modernism and postmodernism.

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This class provides an introduction to modern art and theories of modernism and postmodernism.

It focuses on the way artists use the tension between fine art and mass culture to mobilize a critique of both. We will examine objects of visual art, including painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, prints, performance and video. These objects will be viewed in their interaction with advertising, caricature, comics, graffiti, television, fashion, folk art, and “primitive” art.

Course Curriculum

    • Introduction to Theories of Modernism and Modernity Unlimited
    • Introduction to Theories of Mass Culture Unlimited
    • Eugène Delacroix, or How to Imagine Liberty Unlimited
    • Caricature and the Safehouse of “High Art” Unlimited
    • Courbet, Realism, and Popular Images / ASCO preview Unlimited
    • Manet: Flâneurs and Flâneuses in the Modernizing City / ASCO Unlimited
    • European Orientalism: Camille’s Kimono and Gauguin’s Skirt Unlimited
    • The Impressionist Eye as Camera Unlimited
    • Serial Impressions (Print and Eye) Unlimited
    • Picasso’s Cubism: Politics and/or Semiosis Unlimited
    • The Soviet Avant-Garde Unlimited
    • Futurism’s and Dadaism’s Popular Mechanics Unlimited
    • In and Around Duchamp Unlimited
    • Irrational / Rational Production: Surrealism vs. The Bauhaus Idea (PDF) Additional handout: Bauhaus Unlimited
    • Anti-culture? Dubuffet, Pollock, and Premonitions of the Postmodern Unlimited
    • Robert Rauschenberg’s Coca-Cola Plan / International Pop Unlimited
    • The “Business Art Business,” Globalism vs. Globalization Unlimited
    • Postmodernism, Spectacle, and Institutional Critique Unlimited
    • Postmodernism and Feminism Unlimited
    • Additional handout: Mapping Postmodernism Unlimited
    • New Media / Mass Media / Sensory Reconfigurations Unlimited
    • Biennial Culture and the Aesthetics of Experience Unlimited
    • Present-day Strategies Vis-à-vis Art and Mass Culture Unlimited
    • Last class: concluding discussion of class themes, review for exam, and discussion of student research paper abstracts Unlimited

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