Art and Politics: From Modernity to Post-Modernity

Drawing on art history, literature, political, feminist and queer theory, this course will investigate the complex inter-relationships between politics, ideology, and aesthetics from the late 18th century to the present. Through close readings of the form, content, and structure of artworks, students will explore ways in which art can be deployed in the construction and deconstruction of state mythologies, political ideologies, and cultural and identity politics. Key topics will include the rise of print culture, the advent of photography and film, and the development of abstraction, performance, and installation practices as “new tools” in the dissemination of radical ideas.

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