AMST 462 Fall 2012 Art of California: "Sunshine or Noir"

Cross Listed as LATS462, ARTH462
California has long been considered a land of "sunshine and noir," unique in the national and international imagination as a land of physical recreation and destruction, a land of opportunity and social unrest. In this course, we will study the visual arts and culture of California from the 1960s to the present. Although we will focus on southern California, particularly Los Angeles, we will also consider movements in San Diego and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area. The course will approach California pop, conceptual, funk, performance, installation, public, and media arts to pursue questions of influence and interpretation concerning the relations between space, place, identity, and style in the visual arts and popular culture. Alongside analyzing California's visual culture, we will examine the region's cultural geography through historical and theoretical readings. Particular attention will be given to the region's special relations to Hollywood, the automobile, beach-surf culture, and the great diversity that characterizes the state.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on two research papers and a presentation
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Prerequisites: ArtH 101-102
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ARTH; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under LATS or AMST
Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives, LATS Comparative Race + Ethnic Studies Electives
Enrollment Limit: 15
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 1342
AMST462-01(F) SEM Art of California Division 2: Social Studies C. Ondine Chavoya
W 1:10 PM-3:50 PM Hollander 040 1342
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