AMST 462
Art of California: Pacific Standard Time Fall 2017
Division II Writing Skills Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed ARTH 562 / ARTH 462 / LATS 462 / AMST 462
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In this course, we will study the visual arts and culture of California after 1960 and consider the region’s place in modern art history. We will focus on a series of recent exhibitions organized as part of a Getty initiative entitled Pacific Standard Time. Diverse in scope, these shows explored important developments in postwar art in California, including feminist art, African American assemblage, Chicano collectives, Modernist architecture, craft, and queer activism. In this seminar, we will pursue research projects directly related to the art exhibitions we study, and examine southern California conceptualism, photography, performance, painting, sculpture (including assemblage and installation), and video by artists both canonical and lesser known. Student projects will analyze the critical responses to the exhibitions, while also exploring the roles of archives, art criticism, and curatorial practice in contemporary art history. In fall 2017, a new Getty PST initiative focused on Latin American and Latino art will commence and this class will consider these exhibitions as well. This course fulfills the Exploring Diversity Initiative requirement as it offers students a comparative study of cultures and societies and provides various interdisciplinary perspectives on the art and visual culture of a specific region.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 1693
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on several short writing and research assignments, oral presentations, class participation, and a final research paper of 16-20 pages written in stages over the course of the semester
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: ARTH 102
Enrollment Preferences: senior Art major and senior Latina/o Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ARTH; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AMST or LATS
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ARTH 562 Division I ARTH 462 Division I LATS 462 Division II AMST 462 Division II
Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives
AMST Space and Place Electives
LATS Comparative Race + Ethnic Studies Electives

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