LATS 440
Contemporary Exhibitions: Los Angeles and Latin America Fall 2018 Division II; Writing-Intensive; Difference, Power, and Equity; Cross-listed as ARTH440 / LATS440

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This seminar examines connections between Latina/o and Latin American art through a series of recent exhibitions organized as part of a Getty initiative entitled Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA that opened in 2017. While the chronological span for the overall project reaches from Pre-Colombian art to present, we will focus on modern and contemporary art after the 1960s and consider key themes of art and activism, borders and diaspora, globalism and modernism, and popular culture and science fiction in the visual arts. Diverse in scope, these shows explored important developments in the arts of the Americas from the late-20th and 21st centuries, including, abstraction, Chicano muralism, Conceptual art, craft, feminist art, Kinetic art, Modernist design and architecture, social practice, and queer activism. Students will pursue individual research projects directly related to the art exhibitions we study, and examine photography, performance, painting, sculpture (including installation and participatory art), 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.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 12
Class#: 1050
Requirements/Evaluation: several short writing and research assignments, oral presentations, class participation, and a final research paper of 16-20 pages
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: ARTH 102 (graduate students are exempt from the prerequisite)
Enrollment Preference: senior Art majors and senior Latina/o Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division II; Writing-Intensive; Difference, Power, and Equity;
Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ARTH; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under LATS. DPE: The key themes explored in the course concerning art and activism, borders and diaspora, globalism and modernism in the visual arts intersect with the critical exploration of difference, power, and equity and the various ways that artists have produced works and developed practices that critically probe this intersection. Also, a number of the exhibitions studied in the class explicitly take up issues of difference, power, and equity. Through discussion, presentations, and writing assignments students will develop and refine skills in analyzing artworks and exhibitions that respond to and/or document social inequality and social injustice. WI: This course is a Writing Intensive seminar. This means that there will be considerable focus on writing, revision, and peer-editing as a means of shaping critical thinking. We will treat writing as a process; revision is built into the syllabus.
Attributes: ARTH post-1600 Courses; LATS Countries of Origin + Transnationalism Elect;

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