The course provides insight into contemporary art, its tendencies and its diverse cultural and artistic expressions, as well as the role it plays in societies today. Starting with an overview of modernism, and charting ruptures between modernism and postmodernism, along with shifts towards dematerialized, performance-based and politically-engaged artistic practices, the course reviews the most important themes of the last 60 years of art and will consider the impact of the recent crises of the Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter on the art world. Contemporary art’s inclination to defy easy categorization, its various materializations and institutional frameworks, as well as its relation to contemporary visual culture and architecture, will be used as the basis for critical studies of the core issues of art and art historical practice. Through written exercises, as well as group work and discussions, students examine works of art and their cultural circumstances, with the goal of recognizing, understanding, and discussing various art forms in their broader contexts. Besides the main focus on contemporary art, the course also includes seminars on contemporary architecture and an introductory seminar to the wider field of visual culture.
The course alternates between lectures, discussions, group work, excursions to museums or other art institutions, student exercises, written assignments, and feedback
- Compendium: Kerry Greaves, ed., Contemporary Art Spring 2021 (Afdeling for Kunsthistorie, IKK, KU; available for purchase at Campus Print, 11A.0.02 across from Mødestedet; https://campusprint.ku.dk/)
- Primary textbook: Tony Godfrey: The Story of Contemporary Art (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2021) (on course semester shelf in IKK Library; selections on Absalon).
- Texts in Absalon
- 15 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Course number
- 15 ECTS
- Programme level
Bachelor choiceBachelor’s minor subject
- Study board of Arts and Cultural Studies
- Department of Arts and Cultural Studies
- Faculty of Humanities
- Kerry Greaves
Birgitte Thorsen Vilselv
Kerry Greaves og Birgitte Thorsen Vilselv
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