Art, Activism, and Revolution

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Art, Activism, and Revolution

Fall 2019

Taught By: Yates McKee

Section: A

CRN: 5678

Credits: 4

Art and activism have been closely interwoven in recent years. From Occupy to Black Lives Matter to #metoo, artists have worked as organizers, and organizers have acted in ways informed by art. They have utilized, critiqued, or activated cultural institutions for the purposes of movement-building. This course will place these recent interactions of art and activism in an expansive historical trajectory encompassing a selection of major revolutions, social movements, thinkers, and artists of the past two centuries. These will include examinations of the role of art in the the French revolution, the Abolitionist movement, the Russian, Mexican, and Chinese revolutions, the Civil Rights, Black Power, and Women’s Liberation movement, ACT UP, climate justice, Occupy, Black Lives Matter, and #metoo. Key thinkers to be examined include Karl Marx, Frederick Douglass, Rosa Luxemburg, Walter Benjamin, Mao Zedong, Martin Luther King, Angela Davis, Silvia Federici, Lucy Lippard, the Combahee River Collective, Douglas Crimp, and Decolonize This Place.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*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: 5:25am 10/20/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:40pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 262

Date Range: 8/26/2019 - 12/16/2019