Special Topics in History of Art: Approaches to Contemporary Asian Art
210 Tappan Hall
Tu 10:00-1:00pm
3 Credit Seminar

Concurrent with the so-called global turn of the 1990s, contemporary Asian art gained particular momentum; many of its constituent artists rank among the most visible members of the international art world today. Most scholarship has discussed contemporary Asian art as a function of identity and representation in which context, ipso facto, assumes a privileged position. This course explores alternative approaches to contemporary Asian art by taking advantage of recent interest in form as an explicitly interdisciplinary matter. Drawing upon the work of anthropologists, archaeologists, literary scholars as well as art historians, critics, and curators, this course explores the artwork in relationship to questions of materiality, duration, aurality, obligation/permission, medium, and affiliation/alienation. Case studies will include landscape theory in postwar Japanese photography, Gutai mediations of painting, Tehching Hsieh's "endurance" works in 1980s New York, and Minjung art in South Korea. Non-art historians welcome. Open to qualified undergraduates and master's degree candidates with permission of the instructor