2023-2024 Catalog

ARTH 292 Site-Specific Art

What is a "site"? As the world has become more urbanized and globally interconnected, our daily lives increasingly digitized and virtual, and social ties looser and less place-bound, our conception of a “site” as a specific physical location has been complicated. This course examines the various ways artists have examined the meaning of a “site” and an artwork’s relationship to it. Emerging from developments within sculpture in American art of the 1960s, the notion of “site-specific art” has been adapted in various ways by artists around the world over the past several decades. We will focus on such works and theories that address issues including colonialism, gentrification, community, public art, monuments, digital media, globalization, environmentalism, surveillance, and others.


4 units

Core Requirements Met

  • Fine Arts
  • Global Connections