HISTART 394-001

Special Topics:
Global Politics and Contemporary Art

180 Tappan
TTh 10:00-11:30am
3 Credit Lecture

The end of World War II saw a dramatic shift in how the idea of a "world" was understood, especially by visual artists and their audiences. Focusing on art made after the seminal year of 1945, this course examines artistic production and reception under various forms of political rule with a special emphasis on the relationship between visual art produced under authoritarian rule. The vast scope of this subject necessitates a case study model; among the anticipated case studies are the interventions of Cildo Meireles in post-1964 Brazil, ink painting in Maoist China and identity politics in 1990s America. At its broadest level, this course traces the various trajectories that might collectively be described as art's manifold relationship to globalism.

Note that students in previous years have successfully petitioned to have this course fulfill the Humanities Area Distribution Requirement (HU).

HISTART category for concentration distributions: C. Asia, D. Europe and the US, 4. Modern and Contemporary