ARTH 542
Insubordinate Bodies: The Body in Conceptual Art in Latin America, 1960-1980 Fall 2017
Division I
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The use of the body-be it the artist’s or those of willing and unwilling participants-is among art’s most significant developments internationally since the 1960s. In Latin America between the 1960s and 1980s, activating the body not only was a strong conceptual strategy to escape object-based practices; it was also a potent way for artists to disobey and confront forms of violence and control exerted by repressive regimes. But the body too was a forceful medium by which artists could subvert heteronormative frameworks, through the visualization and performance of feminist critiques and queer identities. This seminar will explore the role of the body in Latin American conceptual art through localized case studies, elucidating the body’s particular strength as a vehicle for political and institutional critique, as well as its potential to unlock alternate narratives of conceptual practices in the region.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 12
Expected: 10
Class#: 1940
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active participation and weekly assignments, leading class discussion, three short responses, and final research paper
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: none
Distributions: Division I

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