Capitalism & the Crisis of Contemporary Art

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Capitalism & the Crisis of Art

Spring 2022

Taught By: Joshua Lubin-Levy

Section: A

CRN: 7318

Credits: 4

It has been suggested that, “[i]t is easier to imagine an end to the world than an end to capitalism.” What role can art play in anti-capitalist struggle today? If the practice of art was once thought of as a realm free from the alienation of the capitalist economy, does the growing influence of the art market strip artistic practice of its revolutionary potential? Or does it situate it precisely at the center of a struggle to discover new ways of practicing towards capitalism’s end? This course will introduce students to two ways of addressing these questions: exploring different ideas about capitalism and the way capitalist critique has theorized art at various points throughout the twentieth century, and examining the work of artist who situate their practice as part of an anti-capitalist struggle. Readings will include a range of work from Karl Marx to Fred Moten, Fredric Jameson to Sianne Ngai – and we’ll consider artistic movements across the 20th century that participates in the struggle for liberation in multiple ways, from social realism to more contemporary practices at the intersection of class, race, gender, sexuality and disability. As an evolving relation between theory and practice, students will be invited to think deeply about the conditions of cultural production under which we live today. This upper-level course is restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. This course can satisfy a Visual Studies elective requirement or an Arts program LINA (Interdisciplinary Arts) requirement. 

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 9:52pm 6/26/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 263

Date Range: 1/24/2022 - 5/16/2022