HISTART 489 - Special Topics in Art and Culture
Section: 001 Avant-Gardes and Their Legacies Today
Term: FA 2018
Subject: History of Art (HISTART)
Department: LSA History of Art
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Art today is in many ways shaped by the legacy of the avant-gardes. The avant-gardes arise after the devastations of the First World War and aim to link artistic experimentation (already a hallmark of modernism) to a utopian commitment to bring about a radically new, and better world, in other words to politics. In order to achieve these goals the avant-gardes to formulate themselves into movements of political solidarity, and they rely on the force of the manifesto, a combination of theory and aesthetics with a high dose of poetry, to empower their experiments with what they believe is political force. We will explore the rise and practice of the avant-gardes in detail, including their gravitation to new media and their aims of consciousness raising—visual, cognitive and political. And we will continue on to study the legacies of the avant-gardes in post-World War II artistic practice: the American interest in identity politics framed as the critique of representation, the desire to raise Europe like Lazarus from its World War II death and ruination, the politics of new media, and the many other ways art today is the result of the avant-gardes. HISTART Category for Concentration Distributions: 4. Modern and Contemporary, D. Europe and the U.S.

HISTART 489 - Special Topics in Art and Culture
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001 (SEM)
Tu 10:00AM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 0226657388
The futurist moment : avant-garde, avant guerre, and the language of rapture, Author: Perloff, Marjorie., Publisher: University of Chicago Press 2007
ISBN: 9780520208469
Encounters & reflections : art in the historical present, Author: Danto, Arthur Coleman, 1924-, Publisher: University of California Press 1997
ISBN: 0262036967
Learning from Las Vegas, Author: Venturi, Robert,
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