As contemporary art continues to evolve and challenge, it finds new ways to engage the viewer. Introduction to Contemporary Art provides you with a roadmap for understanding contemporary art by examining critical works by artists including Donald Judd, Barbara Kruger, Tania Bruguera, Kara Walker, Julio Delgado, and Alfredo Jaar, among many others.
Through lectures and discussions, this course captures contemporary art’s complex trajectory, exploring the central themes, as well as the ideas behind some of the most important works of the past 60 years. By carefully studying the context of contemporary art, you will gain an appreciation of the impact that momentous social, political, and cultural events have had in inspiring dramatic innovation in the arts. At the end of the course, you will have acquired a comfort level with artworks that might have previously seemed challenging or inaccessible.
You will learn:
- To identify and define the historical and societal factors which influenced the radical creative initiatives of the Twentieth Century.
- To identify and evaluate important works that represent significant moments in the development of contemporary art.
- To apply historical knowledge of contemporary art to the evaluation and critique of current artwork, art concepts, and artists.