Collage: Evolution of a Modern Medium
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Course Number: NARH 3755
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Art History, Theory & Criticism
The term collage was coined in 1919 to refer to certain Cubist experiments by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. Since then, collage has remained a central and vital practice in the development of modern and contemporary art. This course examines the hundred-year history of this medium and its deployment by artists associated with Cubism, Dada, Surrealism, Assemblage, Pop Art, and other movements. Readings address collage as a formal innovation, political critique, a reflection of media saturation, and an expression of cultural hybridity. In presentations and final papers, students examine the collage-based practices of contemporary artists.