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, 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.
What you will learn:
- The ability to identify critical works representing key moments in the unfolding of contemporary art.
- The tools for looking at, understanding, and critically assessing contemporary works of art.
- Familiarity and comfort with art that can seem challenging and inaccessible.