ARTH 459 Spring 2013 Contemporary Art and the Public Sphere

This seminar will explore the ways artworks and artists engage with urban space. We will examine the interactions (and tensions) between art and the public realm, considering issues such as public access, public representation, and, importantly, public space in relation to questions of democracy and dialogue. Throughout the semester we will analyze various debates on art and urban space through historical and theoretical writings and consider the issues of urban development (including, gentrification, privatization, and surveillance), cultural diversity, immigration, and globalization. While exploring the important role of street art in visual culture, we will also study institutions and organizations that support and promote public projects, particularly experimental and/or multimedia approaches.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: several short writing and research assignment, oral presentations, and final Research Paper (15-18 pages)
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Prerequisites: ArtH 101-102
Enrollment Preference: seniors and juniors
Department Notes: meets the elective and seminar requirements for the art-history major
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
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Enrollment Limit: 14
Expected Enrollment: 12
Class Number: 3377
ARTH459-01(S) SEM Contmpary Art&the Publc Sphere Division 1: Languages and the Arts C. Ondine Chavoya
W 1:10 PM-3:50 PM Lawrence 002 3377
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