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Fall 2016-2017
ART 344 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Topics in 20th-Century Art - Art and Politics: From Tatlin's Tower to Occupy

Irene V. Small

What is the political capacity of art? What is the aesthetic capacity of politics? This course examines key episodes, strategies, and formulations pertaining to the complex relationship between art and politics across the 20th century. Topics include experiments in radical abstraction and mass performance undertaken by the Russian avant-garde, the institutional politics of Mexican Muralism, painting and propaganda during the Cold War, guerilla interventions and military dictatorships, the AIDS crisis and artist activism, and recent social movements such as Occupy and Black Lives Matter.

Sample reading list:
Clark, T. J., Farewell to an Idea: Episodes from a History of Modernism
Christ, Hans et. al., Subversive Practices
Anreus, Alejandro et. al., Mexican Muralism: A Critical History
Sholette, Gregory, Dark Matter: Art & Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture
Ranciere, Jacques, The Politics of Aesthetics
Thompson, Nato, Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the Twenty-first Century

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly Blackboard posts, (20%) one short paper (20%), one term paper (30%), term paper proposal(5%), and term paper outline (5%).

Requirements/Grading:
Papers - 20%
Term Paper(s) - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 20%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Graduate Students.

Other information:
For department majors, satisfies Group 3 distribution requirement.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23682 C01 7:30 pm - 8:50 pm T Th   McCormick Hall   103   Enrolled:6 Limit:45