European and American Modernism in the Visual Arts

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Euro. & Amer. Modernism

Fall 2019

Taught By: Valerie Mendelson

Section: A

CRN: 7096

Credits: 3

This course begins with the last impressionist exhibition in 1886 and concludes with Primary Structures, an exhibition of minimalism in New York in 1966. This period witnessed a radical expansion in the definition of artistic practice and the art object. We discuss artistic debates and visual works by post-impressionists, expressionists, cubists, futurists, dadaists, surrealists, Russian constructivists, abstract expressionists, minimalists, and pop artists in relation to the historical and cultural changes in Europe and the United States wrought by industrialization, war, and revolution. We consider the various meanings of "modernism" and discuss related issues, including the relationship between fine art and popular culture; representations of sexual and racial identity; the social and political functions of the museum and the gallery; evolving definitions of the art market and audience; and the concept of an artistic avant-garde. Analysis of individual works of art and critical texts forms the basis of the course, augmented by field trips to New York galleries and museums.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

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: 9:05am 1/19/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 912

Date Range: 8/26/2019 - 12/16/2019