HISTART 394 - Special Topics
Section: 002 Art and Authoritarianism
Term: FA 2009
Subject: History of Art (HISTART)
Department: LSA History of Art
Advisory Prerequisites:
Upperclass standing.
Other Course Info:
F, W, Sp, Su.
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Among the most embedded issues in histories of modern and contemporary art is the relationship between art and politics. Often this relationship is configured as a binary struggle between resistance and complicity. In some respects, this configuration reflects the extent to which this relationship has been mediated through studies of artmaking under the most extreme forms of political rule, such as those enacted in Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia. Authoritarian forms of government certainly prevailed in many parts of the world, especially after 1945. However, the diversity of these forms catalyzed the production of a remarkably diverse range of works that helped define the emergence of a radically changed world order. Focusing on art after 1945, this course will examine artistic production and reception under various forms of authoritarian rule. Special emphasis will be given to artistic production in countries newly liberated from Western and Japanese imperial rule following the end of World War II. Given the vast scope of this subject, this course will adopt a case study model. Included among the anticipated case studies are works made during the rule of Léopold Senghor in Senegal, the interventions of Cildo Meireles in post-1964 Brazil, ink painting in Maoist China, and social realism in the Philippines under Ferdinand Marcos. At the broadest level, this course is itself a case study that seeks to explore different ways of understanding art’s manifold relationships to various modes of social regulation categorized under the rubric of politics. A.B.C.D.E.4

HISTART 394 - Special Topics
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (SEM)
W 1:00PM - 4:00PM
004 (SEM)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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