This module aims to give a broad grounding in the development of artistic practice in the USA during the mid Twentieth Century through a range of exhibition histories in the lectures and a focus on individual artists in the seminars. Diverse ideas developed significantly in this period (such as displaying process, making work in the museum or gallery, addressing the role of the spectator in the experience of an art work, assigning manufacture of works to people who are not the artist, the artist as mass-media celebrity) have influenced contemporary artistic practices right across the globe: this module will introduce these ideas within a critical framework.
Students will develop skills in academic writing, where they will be demanded to address a clearly demarcated historical period – bringing to bear aspects of social history on the works they are looking at, and a national context – which they will be expected to address in its regional, racial, and sexual diversity.
Students will develop skills in class discussion, both presenting clearly and listening carefully.
By the end of the module, students should have acquired:
Module code HOA00058I