Inventing Abstraction: From Kandinsky to Pollock

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Inventing Abstraction

Spring 2022

Taught By: Masha Chlenova

Section: AX

CRN: 11793

Credits: 4

This course will explore the advent of abstraction in Western art in the early 1910s and map the first decade and a half of its history across the media, including not only painting, drawing and sculpture, but also music, poetry, film, non-narrative dance, spatial constructions and public monuments. We will study works by Vassily Kandinsky, Robert and Sonia Delaunay, Arnold Schoenberg, Guillaume Apollinaire, Piet Mondrian, Rudolph Laban and Hans Richter among others, and will explore the broad range of imperatives that brought abstraction into being and led it to become the lingua franca of the avant-garde in the 1920s. We will also examine the return of abstraction during the postwar period of 1945-65 and its radically transformed meaning in the polarized climate of the Cold War. Students will learn to think as art historians as well as curators as we will study not only individual artists, but also major exhibitions of abstraction starting in the 1910s. Class instruction will be supplemented with study visits to MoMA, Guggenheim and the Met.

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: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Waitlist*

* 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: 8:47pm 12/8/2021 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/27/2022 - 5/12/2022