Art & War: Ethics, Aesthetics, and the Politics of Representation Art & War: Ethics, Aesthetics, and

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Art and War

Fall 2019

Taught By: David Birkin

Section: AX

CRN: 7255

Credits: 4

This class will look at the critical response of artists, photographers, and theorists to military conflict, with an emphasis on contemporary theory and practice. From state sanctioned war artists and conceptual practitioners’ embrace of abstraction to photojournalistic depictions of violence and processes of objectification in the media, we will explore the ethics and aesthetics of representation as it relates to such issues as the visibility of civilian casualties, and the myriad forms of censorship that mediate and regulate the “war of images.” We will also consider how artists can create meaningful interventions into public space—and how those operating at the intersection of visual culture and social justice can work together within existing legal and political frameworks—while being mindful of the inextricable relationship that exists between any creative work and the social and historical conditions out of which it emerges.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*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: 10:52am 12/6/2019 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 407

Date Range: 8/28/2019 - 12/11/2019