This course surveys the diversity of art making since 1945 through a thematic approach. We study postwar modernism—Abstract Expressionism, Art Informel, Neo-Dada, Pop, Minimalism, Conceptual art—in conjunction with more recent work, from a more global context, that challenges its discourses. By focusing on select concepts—body, gender and identity, consumerism, natural environment, cultural hybridity, historical memory, e.g— we
consider critical and creative relationships across periods, cultures, and media (painting and sculpture, photography, performance, installation, film and video). Analysis of individual works, museum visits, web resources, and writings by artists, art historians, and critics form the basis of the course.
(Previously ARTH 340)