Spring 2014

The Sixties

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-412

Formerly listed as: ARHA-92


Natasha Staller (Section 01)


We will investigate a series of historical events (such as the Vietnam War, the Cuban missile crisis, Stonewall, the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King) as well as the Civil Rights Movement, the rise of identity politics (Feminism, Black Power, the Brown Berets) and the counterculture. We will study the myriad art forms and their attendant ideologies invented during the decade (such as Pop, Op, Color Field, Minimalism, Land Art, Conceptual Art, Performance Art, Fluxus), as well as some crucial critics, dealers and art journals, in an effort to understand the ways in which artists rejected or appropriated, then transformed, certain themes and conceptual models of their time.

Requisite: One course in modern art or consent of the instructor. Limited to 12 students. Spring semester.  Professor Staller.

If Overenrolled: After the first class meeting, students still interested in taking the class will write a page describing the reasons, and the instructor will select students on the basis of interest that night.


2022-23: Offered in Spring 2023
Other years: Offered in Spring 2009, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2019