Art Since 1945

Open, Lecture—Spring

This course introduces students to the major artists, key debates, and artistic movements of the period between 1945 and 2000. We begin with painting, but that medium will quickly give way to the rise of happenings, “specific objects,” conceptual art, relational aesthetics, and other diverse forms of practice. Through focused primarily on American art, the course will expose students to the historical and critical underpinnings of artistic practice since World War II in a global context by examining artworks and artists’ writings from countries including Japan, Italy, France, Brazil, and Germany.