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WR150 M6: Art and Politics in the Twentieth Century College of Arts and Sciences, Boston University, Spring 2008 Time: Tues/Thurs 12:30-2 Location: FLR 123 Instructor: Amy Chmielewski E-mail: [email protected] Office hours: Tues. 11-12, 3:30-4:30 Thurs. 11-12 CAS Writing Center, 301M 730 Comm. Ave (next to Espresso Royale Café) Course Description: Artists and critics of the nineteenth century emphasized art’s autonomy from real life, as the phrase “art for art’s sake” indicates. However, the calamitous events of the twentieth century challenged art’s supposed independence from the social conditions of its creation, and many artists and critics responded to the two world wars, the Great Depression, the Cold War, and other events with a strong commitment to social engagement. This course explores links between visual art and politics in the twentieth century, focusing specifically on artistic groups and movements in Europe, the USSR, and the US. The struggles of women and minority artists to gain critical recognition will also be addressed. Students will study seminal works of art, as well as essays by various artists, critics, and political figures. Texts: The following book is available at the Barnes and Noble in Kenmore Square: Kirszner, Laurie G., and Stephen R. Mandell. The Concise Wadsworth Handbook . 2 nd ed. Toronto: Thomson and Wadsworth, 2005. CourseInfo Website: The following readings will be posted on CourseInfo: Arnold Hauser, from The Philosophy of Art History Jutta Held and Alex Potts, “How Do The Political Effects of Pictures Come About? The case of Picasso’s Guernica Harold Rosenberg, “The American Action Painters” Lucy Lippard, “Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party Belisario R. Contrera, “Introduction” from Tradition and Innovation in New Deal Art
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Michael L. Carlebach, “Documentary and Propaganda: The Photographs of the FSA” F.T. Marinetti, “The Foundation and Manifesto of Futurism” George L. Mosse, “The Political Culture of Italian Futurism” Berthold Hinz, “’Degenerate’ and ‘Authentic’” from Art and Power Adolf Hitler, from the speech inaugurating the Great Exhibition of German Art David Elliott, “Introduction (Moscow)” from Art and Power Andrei Zhdanov, “Speech at First All-Union Congress of Soviet Writers” Leon Trotsky and André Breton, “Manifesto: Toward a Free Revolutionary Art” Clement Greenberg, “Avant-Garde and Kitsch” Eva Cockcroft, “Abstract Expressionism, a Weapon of the Cold War” Linda Nochlin, “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” Griselda Pollock and Rosika Parker, from Framing Feminism Kobena Mercer, “Black Art and the Burden of Representation” Albert Boime, “Waving the Red Flag and Reconstituting Old Glory” To access these materials, go to http://courseinfo.bu.edu/ and then click on “My Courses.” After signing in with a BU username and password, all students enrolled in this section of WR100 will find a link to the course’s website. Students are expected to
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