2022-2023 Catalog

ARTH 290 Modern and Contemporary Art

This course will explore the diverse forms of visual culture - painting, sculpture, photography, installation, performance, and interdisciplinary arts created in the years after 1950. We will investigate shifting ideas about artistic identity, the status and function of art in the wake of the social, cultural and economic changes in post-industrial society of the 1960s and 1970s. Broad cultural and social movements advocating for civil rights, feminism, environmentalism, global capital and migration in the later 20th century will form the cultural backdrop of our work. We will also consider how critical theory has impacted artistic cultures and the burgeoning networks of artistic and cultural exchange. Our work will engage directly with changing ideas about race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and cultural identity as they impact artistic identity and arts institutions. At least one field trip to a gallery or museum will be required.


4 units

Core Requirements Met

  • Fine Arts
  • United States Diversity