Special Topics in History of Art: Introduction to Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia
The course aims to develop critical expertise and visual literacy relevant to both the formation and subsequent variation of contemporary art in the Southeast Asia region. Conducted on a case study basis, this course focuses on selected artists and themes from roughly the 1950s to the present so as to construct a comparative picture across the region. Artists discussed include Redza Piyadasa, Tang Da Wu, Liu Kang, David Medalla, Sanggawa Group, and Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, among others. Issues covered include the historiography of Southeast Asian art, the distinction between art and craft, the relationship between East and Southeast Asia, constructs of regionalism, the role of religion, alternative approaches to conceptual and performance art, and collaborative practices. Language skills and prior coursework in the area welcome but not essential.
Estimated cost of materials: less than $50.