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ARTH 226

Contemporary Art & Theory

This course will be focused on art from the late 1960s to the present. This is the tradition in art which rejects many of the basic principles and qualities of Modernism; that is, it rejects an exclusive focus on oil painting and pedestal-based sculpture, the autonomy of the artwork from the wider world, and the ideal of the artist as a larger-than-life person. We will address the situation in contemporary art in which art takes on a bewildering array of materials, methods, procedures, goals, and modes of self-presentation, including an emphasis on installation, performance, digital and social media, and an art focused on social interactions.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Arts and Humanities 1 course