LHIS

2345

Arts of Change: Creative Activism in History and Practice

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Creative Activism

Fall 2019

Taught By: Andrea Steves

Section: A

CRN: 7477

Credits: 4

This seminar will survey a wide range of art practices that seek to create social change. It is intended both for students of history and theory as well as artists and other practitioners who wish to learn from the past and develop tools to study or practice creative activism today. Recognizing the ways diverse phenomena are subsumed into the canon of Art History, we will depart from these categorizations to explore the shared assumptions and tactics of art that takes place outside the “white cube” of galleries and museums, within movements, and between disciplinary and institutional boundaries. We will examine creative projects and practices that often look less like art and more like education, outreach, journalism, social work, community service, protest, political organizing, and administration. What happens when artists offer abortion services, build affordable housing, or clean toxic sites? When they sit behind desks or march in the streets? When they profess goals of subversion, awareness, dialogue, reform, or revolution? Do they achieve or betray these goals, and how do we evaluate them—as art and/or as activism? How have historical contexts shaped the evolution of these practices, and what effect does historicization itself have on creative activism?

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: History (LHIS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Closed*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:10am 8/23/2019