An in-depth study of a particular topic in the history of art. It may be an examination of a specific artist, group or movement or an exploration of a particular theme or issue in art.
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Current Semester InformationTavy Aherne
290A: Tps:Reframing AfricanArt
Tps:Reframing African Art
This course is a combination of lecture and seminar-style discussion, addressing selected issues and debates related to the creation, interpretation, and collection of contemporary African visual art. By way of individual case studies, we will consider both the individual voices of artists and perspectives from art world information brokers. We will consider the development of art schools in Africa, examine the role of the artist, and of exhibitions and biennales as mechanisms for the construction of information about these artists.
Questions and issues that we will consider this semester include:
* What are the historical precedents for contemporary art practice in post-colonial African cities?
* What issues and questions inform/drive the practices and visual expression of African artists?
* What are the particular issues that affect artists resident in Africa?
* What is the relationship of artists living and working in Africa to larger, international movements and orientations, and to African expatriate artists in particular?
* What is the interface between post-colonial African art worlds, broader international movements, orientations?
* Who are the audiences for these art forms and how are these works valued?
* How are exhibitions and biennales mechanisms for the production of knowledge about these artists and their movements?