Contemporary art notoriously challenges traditional boundaries and defies easy definition. What is it really about, and how does it tackle “meaning”? How central is technique? Does it matter whether a work is aesthetically pleasing? Have artists disconnected from their audiences? Diverse and eclectic, today’s art scene is not distinguished by a uniform principle, ideology or ism. Instead, it is a dynamic dialogue within several large frameworks: personal and cultural identity, politics, environmental issues, mass and popular culture, social activism, and gender, race and sexuality.
Through slides as well as musical and literary examples, we’ll examine a wide range of contemporary art media—painting and drawing, sculpture and installation, photography and photo-based art, print media, video and film, and performance and street art—and the work of several influential artists.
Note: Back by popular demand, from fall 2014.
Please note that enrollment in this course is reserved for adults 55+.