Special Topics: Art and the Postwar American City
180 Tappan
M W 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
3 Credit Lecture

This course will examine the evolving relationship between art and place in postwar American culture. Over the course of several decades American cities saw enormous cycles of growth and decline, shaping artists' life experiences, social and professional networks, and the work they produced. Beginning with the moment of Abstract Expressionism's inauguration of an "American" modernism in New York, we will consider such questions as: How did artists choose to respond to the shifting form of the places they lived? How were various places perceived as producing different kinds of art (i.e. New York versus Los Angeles, or urban versus rural)? What can works of art tell us about the places they were made in? The course will cover a variety of media, including photography, painting, sculpture, performance, and installation. Topics will include: variations of Pop and Minimalism in New York and Los Angeles, photography's redefinition of the cityscape, site specific artworks, earthworks and other attempts to reconfigure or escape the urban locale, performance and interventionist practices in the city space, and evocations of the postmodern city.

Estimated cost of Materials: $50 or more, but less than $100. D.4