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Spring 2012-2013
* SLA 215 / ART 295 (LA)  

Art and Society: The Case of the Russian Revolution

Anna W. Katsnelson

This course will investigate the complex inter-relationships between politics, ideology, and aesthetics, and consider whether it is only governments and the policies they make that have the power to coerce artistic production, or whether artists can shape politics and ideology as well. In short: What does it mean for art to be political? The primary historical focus will be on Russian art before, during, and after the Bolshevik revolution, but comparative geo-historical cases will also be considered.

Sample reading list:
Gray, Camilla, Russian Experiment in Art
Lodder, Christina, Russian Constructivism
Vertov, Dziga, Kino Eye
Eisenstein, Sergei, Film Form

Reading/Writing assignments:
A midterm exam and a final take home exam (5 essay questions, 2 pages per question).

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 30%
Take Home Final Exam - 45%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41637 L01 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm M W   East Pyne Building   239   Enrolled:6 Limit:25