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Sotheby's Institute of Art

Introduction to Contemporary art — Online

Oct 30—Dec 10, 2019
Online
USD 1485

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As contemporary art continues to evolve and challenge, it finds new ways to engage the viewer. Introduction to Contemporary Art provides you with a roadmap for understanding contemporary art by examining critical works by artists including Donald Judd, Barbara Kruger, Tania Bruguera, and Alfredo Jaar, among many others.

Through lectures and discussions, this course captures contemporary art’s complex trajectory, exploring the central themes, as well as the ideas behind some of the most important works of the past 60 years. By carefully studying the context of contemporary art, you will gain an appreciation of the impact that momentous social, political, and cultural events have had in inspiring dramatic innovation in the arts. At the end of the course, you will have acquired a comfort level with artworks that might have previously seemed challenging or inaccessible.

What you will learn:

  • The ability to identify critical works representing key moments in the unfolding of contemporary art.
  • The tools for looking at, understanding, and critically assessing contemporary works of art.
  • Familiarity and comfort with art that can seem challenging and inaccessible.

SHARE FACEBOOK TWITTER EMAIL As contemporary art continues to evolve and challenge, it finds new ways to engage the viewer. Introduction to Contemporary Art provides you with a roadmap for understanding contemporary art by examining critical works by artists including Donald Judd, Barbara Kruger, Tania Bruguera, and Alfredo Jaar, among many others.

Through lectures and discussions, this course captures contemporary art’s complex trajectory, exploring the central themes, as well as the ideas behind some of the most important works of the past 60 years. By carefully studying the context of contemporary art, you will gain an appreciation of the impact that momentous social, political, and cultural events have had in inspiring dramatic innovation in the arts. At the end of the course, you will have acquired a comfort level with artworks that might have previously seemed challenging or inaccessible.

What you will learn:

The ability to identify critical works representing key moments in the unfolding of contemporary art. The tools for looking at, understanding, and critically assessing contemporary works of art. Familiarity and comfort with art that can seem challenging and inaccessible.

Sample Topics

Week 1: Challenges to Painting: Minimalism and Conceptual Art

  • Introduction to Contemporary Art
  • Minimalism
  • Conceptual Art

Week 2: Expanding Media: Earthworks and Performance Art

  • Ideas and Meaning in Performance Art
  • Actions, Happenings, Events, and Situations
  • Time, Space, Bodies, and Audiences
  • Feminism, Bodies, and Performance Arts

Week 3: Cultural Authority and Identity Politics - Strategies of Appropriation

  • Power, Identity and Appropriation
  • The Effect of Image Saturation on Society and Culture
  • The Collision of Media, Advertising, Mass Production, and Art

Week 4: The Art of the Participatory Engagement

  • Social Practice (community engagement)
  • Other Kinds of Social Practice (political interference/social awareness)
  • Artivism and Art Seeking Social Change

Week 5: Globalization and the Arts

  • Contemporary Art in Dialogue with Tradition
  • Keeping and Losing Identity in a Global World
  • Power Relations
  • Portraying Nationalism

Week 6: Art and Technology

  • Data Manipulation
  • DNA, Biohacking and the Individual
  • Resistance to New Technologies

Experts

Georgia Krantz is an independent art historian and arts educator with a focus on 20th-century art. She has taught art history at the New School and Pratt Institute, and has worked as an educator and education consultant at numerous NYC institutions including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the ...

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Oct 30—Dec 10, 2019
Online
USD 1485

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