End of Art

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

End of Art

Fall 2020

Taught By: Timothy Quigley

Section: A

CRN: 8798

Credits: 3

In 1984, the American philosopher Arthur Danto declared that art and its history had come to an end. Others jumped on the bandwagon declaring the death of modernism, narrative, and even history itself. In the wake of the unprecedented period of artistic production and criticism in the U.S. after the Second World War, which included Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, the critical writings of Clement Greenberg, Rosalind Krauss, and Michael Fried, and the "postmodern" critiques of the late '60s and '70s, there seemed to be no guiding principles. From now on, Danto claimed, anything could be a work of art. In this course, we critically examine post-war visual culture with particular emphasis on the transition from "late modern" to contemporary art. Through careful study of the artists, philosophers, and critics whose work has shaped the present discourse, we assess the meaning and implications of Danto’s thesis and consider the prospects for constructing radically new ways of understanding and experiencing visual culture "after the end of art”.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 17

Add/Drop Deadline: September 14, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 22, 2020 (Sunday)

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:

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 8/31/2020 - 12/19/2020