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ARTS 185: Contemporary Art in a Global Society

Peggy Smyth

(Submission #87)

Course Description

The goal of this seminar/studio-lab is to familiarize students with the various ways that artists have learned to interact with a world constantly made smaller and more complex, thanks to the impact of new technologies and globalization. While the primary focus of the course is art made since the 1960s, some comparison to past artistic practices is included and considered essential for the development of critical judgment. Through a combination of lectures, readings, research, and studio workshops students will explore the theories, techniques, and formal vocabulary of contemporary art (painting, sculpture, or another medium, which may vary from professor to professor within the same basic framework of issues and projects) from a variety of cultural settings; compare and contrast these findings with past practices; and ultimately fabricate their own artistic design projects, while relating this work to an area of chosen research before the entire class.

The attached justification and sample syllabus, being prepared by a member of the sculpture faculty, use sculptural examples and readings to illustrate how such a course would be structured. Other faculty teaching the course in future may focus on a different artistic medium, but the goals and structure of the course, including its hybrid studio-plus-seminar format, will remain the same.


Area of Knowledge and Inquiry: Appreciating and Participating in the Arts (AP)
Context of Experience: World Cultures (WC)
Extended Requirement: Not Applicable

Additional Course information

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: none (3 creds, 4 class hours)
Existing Course: New
Existing Course Number: 
Course Anticipated to be offered: Other
Other (if specified): once a year or more depending on staff availability and student demand
Number of Sections: TBA
Number of Seats: 20


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