LVIS

3045

The Long Twentieth Century: Art and Theory

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

The Long 20th C: Art & Theory

Fall 2021

Taught By: Rachel Churner

Section: A

CRN: 11080

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 from 1945 until the present. Beginning with Abstract Expressionism in the late 1940s, we explore significant art movements from Pop art, Minimalism, Conceptual, and performance art in the 1960s and ’70s to the postmodern practices of artists working in the 1980s and ’90s to the present. Throughout special attention is paid to the theoretical frameworks that bolstered such movements and to key questions in aesthetic theory, including the relationship between authorship, authenticity, and appropriation; the intersections of mourning and memory; 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 race, gender, sexuality, and disability.

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: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

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: 12:30pm 7/24/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 263

Date Range: 8/31/2021 - 12/16/2021

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. First year students are permitted to register for the course with the permission of the instructor. 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: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: February 8, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* 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: 12:55am 7/1/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/19/2021 - 5/6/2021