ARTH 322
Cold War Aesthetics in Latin America Fall 2023
Division I Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
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The Cold War was far more complex than a military conflict, with battles waged more in the symbolic than in the physical realm. The Cold War was therefore “everywhere and nowhere,” as new superpowers maneuvered to maintain geopolitical balance. Through a transnational lens this course considers the Cold War in Latin America as an aesthetic phenomenon with many facets, to recover how artistic practices unfolded myriad–and often conflicting–ideas regarding power, cultural influence, modernization, and revolution.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 12
Expected: 10
Class#: 1367
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Active participation, leading discussion, and five four-page writing assignments.
Prerequisites: One ARTH course.
Enrollment Preferences: If overenrolled, preference will be given to Art History majors.
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
WS Notes: This course foregrounds writing and peer reviews to develop critical thinking. We will have five four-page writing assignments, spaced throughout the semester, which will incorporate our class discussions and research. Students will receive critical feedback on both form and content from their professor and from their peers.
DPE Notes: This course fulfills DPE requirements through historical and visual analyses that examine the contestations of power that defined the Cold War era and their ramifications in the shaping of notions such as modernism, modernization, progress, citizenship, and resistance. The course takes a transnational perspective to analyze diverse artistic practices in relation to race, gender, and class dynamics, and to issues of cultural imperialism, nationalism, revolutionary politics, and globalization.
Attributes: ARTH post-1800

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