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Conceptual Art: History, Theory, and Contemporary Practices

Course No. ACD 483X  Credits: 3.0

This theme-based art history course is designed to give students an in-depth, semester-long investigation into the art movements and ideas that informed Conceptual ArtÕs development in the 1960s and 1970s as well as its impact on contemporary art making in the decades that followed. This course will cover, but not be limited to, the so-called heyday of Conceptual Art in the 1960s and 1970s, a focus on which would otherwise reinforce the traditional modernist art historical framework that defined styles in part by limiting them to a specific time period. Significant time in the class will be devoted to investigating examples of conceptually-informed art created in the 1980s, 1990s and the early 21st century, underscoring the impact of Conceptual ArtÕs legacy for art, craft and design today. The course will investigate the philosophies that informed conceptual art that allowed artists to problematize the conditions and encounters with art; the conventions of its visuality, and the circumstances of its production. Visual Culture Emphasis course.

Contemporary African + African American Literature

Course No. LLC 359  Credits: 3.0

Today a good deal of Third-World literature in particular expressed in many vital respects postmodern historical awareness of the parmountcy of the power relations hidden behind political, economic and social institutions and structures both nationally and internationally. With particular emphasis on political economy, this course will examine how this literature re-contextualizes such critical sociological questions as: What's traditionalism? What's modernization? The African-American texts highlight African-American socio-economic challenges today, dating back to Emancipation/Reconstruction, alongside their efforts at socio-cultural self-definitions. Fulfills Humanities/Cultural Studies distribution requirement. Creative Writing Concentration course.

Contemporary Art: Andy Warhol

Course No. ACD464.1  Credits: 3.0

Andy Warhol was the most influential high artist of the second half of the twentieth century. After a successful career as a decorator, he became on of the founders of pop art. He became the only pop artist who, achieving general fame, became a culture hero. Apart from painting, Warhol also made films, directed the Velvet Underground, and important innovative music group, and was involved with creative writing. And so, not surprisingly, his achievement has been hard to bring into focus. Traditional art historians have described his stylistic development, interpreting his paintings. But many other approaches to his are art possible. Arthur Danto has described the philosophical significance of Warhol's achievement; cultural historians have discussed his role as a gay artist; and attention has been drawn to the importance of his lifelong interests in religion. Warhol has become a significant subject for scholarship in part because his body of art poses significant interpretative challenges. We will do a close reading of some biographies, and also look at some of Warhol's own writings. Visual Culture Emphasis course. 3 credits.

Contemporary Art: Critical Directions

Course No. ACD493.1  Credits: 3.0

Traditionally art historians have focused on the history of European art. But recently there has been great interest in art of other cultures. Is a history of world art possible? And if so, what form might it take? This course explores that question. We read Richard Wollheim's aesthetic focused on European art. And then we discuss James Elkins, Stories of Art, which attempts to imagine a history of world art. We then pursue our investigation by reading recent accounts of Islamic art (Oleg Grabar, The Meditation of Ornament), Indian art (Partha Mitter, Indian Art), and Chinese art (Craig Clunas, Art in China). This class requires a good deal of reading. It does not presuppose any prior knowledge of art history or aesthetics. Three papers, two short ones and one long one will be required. There is no final exam. Visual Culture Emphasis course. 3 credits.

Contemporary Color Photography: Theory + Practice

Course No. PHV 225-325-425  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Barry Underwood

This course is designed to investigate the contemporary applications of color in photography while developing a working knowledge of color theory in relationship to photographic practice. The course includes a wide range of color-based techniques and an exploration of subtractive and additive color as they pertain to digital and chemical photographic processes. The interaction between light, pigmentation, and photographic materials will also be covered and realized in production of an in-depth color technical notebook. Required for photography majors in the photo track. Open Elective.

Contemporary Marketing + Art Direction

Course No. GDS 367  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Larry O'Neal

Focuses on using communication design and visualization skills to communicate ideas in print and in new media. Heavy emphasis on conceptualization. Classroom discussions along with critiques set up to mimic actual creative department environment. Offered fall.

Creative Process + Materials Studies

Course No. CMC 200  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Kathy Buszkiewicz

Students focus on the creative process and material studies across the craft majors. From inspiration to the production of multiples, each major explores design and making through their respective mediums as well as other materials. Sophomores in the Craft + Material Culture environment address common themes while working in their respective major: Ceramics, Glass, and Jewelry + Metals. The course affords the integration of skills and knowledge from foundation including drawing, design, color, digital synthesis, and collaboration, with the practices related to the full scope of the Craft + Material Culture major programs. Offered fall.

Creative Resistance: Media Art in Social Sphere

Course No. IME340.1  Credits: 3.0

This studio course will introduce students to the process and strategies of integrating social activism with media art. Through reading and discussion, the course will establish the historical and theoretical context of tactical media, hacktivism, and other media-based protest arts. We'll look at artists' use of a variety of media--including the news media, the internet, locative media, surveillance technologies, genetic modification, gaming and more to implement social commentary and criticism. Offered fall. 3 credits.

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