Undergraduate Seminar: Realism in Modern Art
This course is about realism and its political significance in the modern period. It extends from the mid- nineteenth century, a time when an art that truthfully depicted reality captured people's imagination, to the situation in the twentieth century when picturing the real took new forms in response to the challenge of abstraction . Its objectives are to explore:
One issue plays a central role in our exploration of the realism developed by modern artists: their commitment to picturing everyday and lower class life and engage with social and political realities that are not normally the concern of high art.
Mid-term test 20%
Short (ten minute) class presentation based on topic chosen for essay 20%
Essay (at least 15 pages) due at the end of term 50%
Intended Audience: Upper level undergraduates with a background in modern art
Class Format: 3-hour seminar
Estimated Cost of Materials: $0-$50.
HISTART Categories for Concentration Distributions: 4. Modern and Contemporary, D. Europe and the US