ARTH-140 Modern Art
This course provides a broad survey of modern and contemporary art through the 21st century. 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. 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.
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