ARTH 412
The Politics of Aesthetics: Collaboration and Participation in Contemporary Art Fall 2021
Division I

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The social turn is a hallmark of contemporary art, as artists since the 1960s turned from the art object toward dynamic exchanges with the public, from sole author to collaborative engagement. This seminar provides a theoretical framework to historicize as well as to critically analyze the promise and pitfalls of collaborative works, of favoring active participants over passive spectators, and of the meteoric rise of what is now commonly known as “social practice” art. A wide range of case studies from around the world will also allow us to delve into the intersections and productive tensions between aesthetics and politics, or between art and life.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 10
Expected: 7
Class#: 1876
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: discussion questions, weekly presentations on either a text or an artist, three response papers, final 12- to 15-page paper
Prerequisites: must have previously taken an Art History course
Enrollment Preferences: If overenrolled, preference will be given to Art History seniors.
Distributions: Division I
Attributes: ARTH post-1800 Courses

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