Special Topics: Global Politics and Contemporary Art
The end of World War II saw a dramatic shift in how the idea of a "world" was understood, particularly by visual artists and their viewers. Focusing on art after 1945, this course will examine artistic production and reception under various forms of authoritarian rule. Special emphasis will be given to artistic production in countries newly liberated from Western and Japanese imperial rule. Given the vast scope of this subject, this course will adopt a case study model. Included among the anticipated case studies are works made during the rule of Léopold Senghor in Senegal, the interventions of Cildo Meireles in post-1964 Brazil, and ink painting in Maoist China. At the broadest level, this course is itself a case study that seeks to explore different ways of understanding art's manifold relationships to various modes of social regulation categorized under the rubric of politics. Please note that students in past years have successfully petitioned to have this course fulfill the Humanities Area Distribution Requirement (HU).
Estimated cost of materials: less than $50.
Category for Concentration Distributions: B. Sub-Saharan Africa, C. Asia (includes China, Japan, India, Southeast Asia), D. Europe and the U.S., E. Latin America and the Caribbean, 4. Modern and Contemporary