Postwar Art and Theory

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Postwar Art and Theory

Spring 2021

Taught By: Rachel Churner

Section: A

CRN: 7003

Credits: 4

This course surveys major developments in mostly American and European art since the end of World War II, exploring artworks and aesthetic theories that address large-scale state-sanctioned violence. The first half of the course examines the advent of abstract expressionism in the 1940s and '50s, then explores responses to it in minimalism, pop art, photography and video, and conceptual and performance art in the 1960s and '70s. The second half of the course considers how the relationship between violence and representation has been taken up in the postmodern practices of artists working in the 1980s and '90s to the present. We will pay particular attention to how questions of representation and violence open onto other issues in aesthetic theory, such as the relationship between authorship, authenticity, and appropriation; the status or “truth-value” of documentation; and the ongoing relationship between art, commodities, and the historically material context of art practice. This course emphasizes the relationships between the formal innovations of postwar aesthetic practice and enduring political concerns, particularly those raised by critical work on colonialism, race, gender, sexuality, and disability. Students will take advantage of the postwar collections at MoMA and the Whitney Museum of American Art through class trips to current exhibitions. This upper-level course is restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 19

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*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: 3:35am 7/12/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 050

Date Range: 1/20/2021 - 5/10/2021