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Art 1C :: Modern & Contemporary Art – Rococo to the Present

Art 1C, Spring 2016
TuTh 4:30-5:45 PM
Mendocino Hall 1005

Professor: Elaine O'Brien, Ph.D.
Office: Kadema Hall, room 190
Hours: Th 11am - 1pm and Tu 6-7pm (and by appt.)

*Click here for directions on writing an annotated bibliography

Course Description:

This course provides an introduction to the history of art and architecture from the late 18th century to the present. We begin with the Rococo, a period and style that marks the dissolution of the age of absolute monarchy and the beginning of the modern era. In the contexts of the revolutionary changes that marked modernity, we study Neo-Classicism, Romanticism, and the rise of the avant-garde, Realism, Impressionism and the new 19th century art media of photography and film. Symbolism, Fauvism, Cubism, De Stijl, the Bauhaus, all the movements and many of the canonical artworks of the 20th century through Pop and Minimal art of the 1960s are introduced. Postmodern art:  conceptualism, performance, Neo-Expressionism, video and new media from the 1970s to the 1990s, mark the cultural turn that characterizes art today. The course concludes in the 21st century with global contemporary art. 

Note: This course includes content you might find disturbing. Do not take this course if you are upset by art that challenges norms, including religious and sexual norms.

Note: This course satisfies General Education requirements for AREA C: The Arts and Humanities. It is recommended for freshman or sophomore years. There are no prerequisites, but it is recommended that Art 1A and/or Art 1B be taken before Art 1C.

Catalog Description: A 3-unit lecture-based survey of the history of world art from the late 18th century to the present: from the European Rococo, Enlightenment, the Age of Science and social revolutions, through Neo-Classicism, Romanticism and the rise of the international avant-garde, Realism, Impressionism, Symbolism, photography, and film. In the 20th century, Fauvism, Cubism, the Bauhaus, Expressionism, Pop, Minimal art, Postmodernism, conceptualism, performance, video and new media are considered from global perspectives and artistic production of the 21st century.  Part of the art history foundation sequence.







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