Offered: Fall, Spring
Prerequisite: Completion of at least one course in Philosophy, Aesthetics, or Art History.
Through study of works by the most important art theorists and critics of the 20th and 21st centuries, this course provides students with the methodological tools needed to investigate the ideas and ideologies underlying contemporary art making and art culture. Students learn about the contexts within which current critics and theorists work and explore societal expectations regarding contemporary art. Topics include analytic philosophy, structuralism, post-structuralism, epistemology, and post-colonial studies. Reading assignments and visits to exhibitions are critical to the educational process and provide a basis for class discussions. At the conclusion of the term, students give oral presentations and submit papers on subjects selected by them and approved by the instructor.
(See syllabus below. An updated syllabus will be posted at the beginning of each term.)