Contemporary Art

Course content

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

 

Pensum

  • 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
Written
Oral
Individual
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
ECTS
15 ECTS
Type of assessment
Portfolio
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 65
  • Preparation
  • 270
  • Guidance
  • 1
  • Exam
  • 84
  • English
  • 420

Kursusinformation

Language
English
Course number
HKUB10132U
ECTS
15 ECTS
Programme level
Bachelor
Bachelor choice
Bachelor’s minor subject
Duration

1 semester

Placement
Spring
Schedulegroup
spring 2022
Studyboard
Study board of Arts and Cultural Studies
Contracting department
  • Department of Arts and Cultural Studies
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator
  • Kerry Greaves   (13-746e7b7b8237707b6e6a7f6e7c49717e7637747e376d74)
    Birgitte Thorsen Vilselv
Teacher

Kerry Greaves og Birgitte Thorsen Vilselv

Saved on the 07-01-2022

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