Contemporary Asian Art: Queer and Transgender Approaches

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Contemporary Asian Art

Spring 2023

Taught By: Jeannine Tang

Section: AX

CRN: 13601

Credits: 4

This class introduces students to critical debates, artists and practices in Asian art since the 1960s, with emphasis on queer and transgender approaches in the contemporary art and diasporas of South, Southeast, and East Asia. While the course will cover painting and sculpture, special attention will be paid to work utilizing nontraditional media and experimental genres--including photography, conceptualism, land art, installation, performance, institutional critique, film/video and new media art. We will consider how art movements of the past 50 years have been informed by non-Western concepts, cultural traditions and philosophies of gender and sexuality; while also considering experimental forms and new genres produced by queer and trans artists, writers and curators in/from/of Asia. We will consider the ways cultural practitioners have navigated and challenged the criminalization of homosexuality and sexual deviance, and disinterred ancestral or precolonial traditions of gender, to produce new forms of cultural expression, remagine customs and kinship, and resist historical amnesia. Through the work of art and the work of artists, we will critically consider the production of national identities and regional definitions by the market and the state, and how queer and trans approaches complicate prevailing assumptions of “Asian" art, national identity and traditional values. Coursework includes the close study of artworks, texts, exhibitions and visual culture, discussions with guest curators, editors, writers and/or artists, visits to the Asia Art Archive in America and relevant exhibitions and collections.

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: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 9:24am 8/14/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/25/2023 - 5/10/2023