Fall 2011

Twentieth-Century Art

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-103


Jeffrey Saletnik (Section 01)


This course provides a survey of major artworks produced during the twentieth century in Europe and the Americas, as well as an introduction to their social and historical contexts, their theoretical justifications and critical receptions, and their varied functions. Toward these ends, we will discuss issues of agency and authenticity with regard to modernist and postmodernist artistic practice--from the utopianism of Constructivism to the subversions of Dada; from Abstract Expressionism to conceptual art; and from Fluxus performance to more recent trends. By combining an overview of the period with select in-depth case studies (including influential figures such as Kandinsky, Pollock, Beuys, Warhol, LeWitt, and Bourgeois) the course provides a forum for the development of visual (and verbal) acumen—how to look at, think about, and discuss the visual arts.

Limited to 30 students. Fall semester. Visiting Professor Saletnik.

If Overenrolled: In the case of over-enrollment, students will petition instructor in writing on the first day of class, indicating their interest in the course and why it is advantageous that they enroll this semester. Upperclassmen will be given priority.


Fine Arts for Non-majors


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Fall 2012