ARTH-140 Modern Art
Fall for 2016-2017
This course provides a broad survey of modern European and American art, with a focus on the development of abstraction. We will examine the major art movements of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, while remaining ever attentive to the question of what is modern art. Artistic developments will be understand in relation to historical factors, such as the impact of revolution and war, the changing status of women, and the rise of the modern metropolis. Together we will read seminal art theoretical texts which grapple with the nature of modernity, the role of the arts in the modern period, and the rise of the modern art museum.
ARTH-140-01 Modern Art
Spring for 2016-2017
This course provides a selective survey of modern and contemporary art. As we study major artistic developments in Europe and the United States, we will identify changing ideas about art’s traditions, social functions, and philosophical concerns, especially in relationship to the critical concept of Modernism in the 20th century. Although most discussions will revolve around painting and sculpture, we will also explore how innovations in photography, architecture and performance are essential to understanding art of this period. Throughout the course we will emphasize historical contexts (wars, discoveries, political issues, and sometimes personal concerns) that generated artistic responses. Readings, group discussions, writing assignments, and visits to area museums will supplement class lectures.
By the end of this course, students should
- know representative art movements of the late 19th century, the 20th century, and today.
- possess a bank of visual images of the major works of modern art.
- have developed their abilities to think critically about visual art and culture.
- be able to articulate their visual perceptions and ideas about art clearly.
- have gained primary experience by studying objects in local art museums.
Text: Arnason, H.H. and E. C. Mansfield, History of Modern Art (Pearson, 7 th ed, 2013)
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