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After a background survey of the 1960s and 1970s, this course moves chronologically, elliptically, and thematically from 1980 to the present. You will become aware of how contemporary art appropriates every art tradition from every time and place, how it reinvents the past for current situations and global contexts as artists engage in countless ways with their lived experiences. Readings, assignments, and lectures are meant to shed light on what lies behind the aesthetic and anti-aesthetic choices artists make that shape the look of visual culture today.
Because contemporary art is made by every kind of person using every conceivable medium, because it is a product of our global information age, which is characterized by fast, continual flux and border crossing, it is more challenging and necessary to comprehend than any other art in history. Indeed, contemporary art is not “history” at all. It is of the present; these artists’ era is our era. Your education in contemporary art, therefore, can help you comprehend your own place in life and the history of art as it unfolds.
*Attendance is required at the Festival of the Arts Art History Symposium and the Visiting Artist Lecture. Please clear your calendar. In and Out of Time: Global Perspective on Time in Art History
Keynote speaker: Prita Meier, Associate Professor of Art History, New York University. Meier’s publications include African Art and the Shape of Time, and World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts across the Indian Ocean.
Saturday, April 6, 2019, 1-5 PM, Mendocino 1005
Visiting Artist Lecture by Ruby Chishti will be before or after the symposium. Time TBA
*Clear your calendars as well for the Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon on Friday, March 15, 2019, 10am-4pm, Library 2024. Add some of your BA thesis research to the subject’s Wikipedia page. Earn bonus points and make the world a better place.
Art 112/212 Prerequisite: Art 1C, Art 109, or equivalent with instructor’s consent