Art into Action: Socially-Engaged Practices in the 20th Century
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Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PLVS 2009
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Art History, Theory & Criticism
- Visual Culture
Art and politics have a long and complex relationship. At times their intersection has resulted in state propaganda, or agitprop (e.g. Socialist Realism in the former Eastern European Bloc). In other cases, it has raised political awareness and contributed to radical change (e.g. Tucaman Arde in Ongania-ruled Argentina). The recent upsurge of worldwide political unrest, most conspicuously evidenced in the Arab Spring and global Occupy movements, asks for a reexamination of the confluence of art and political agency. “Art into Action: Socially-Engaged Practices in the 20th Century” will focus on the ways artists have responded to major historical events in modern history. Our investigation will begin with the early avant-garde Futurist Variety Theater, the Berlin Dadaists, and the Russian Constructivists, and conclude with a discussion of our post- 9/11 visual world. Pathways: Visual Studies
Open to: University undergraduate degree students, freshmand and sophomores only. Pre-requisite(s): first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture.
Open to Undergraduate students.