- Code ARTH1007
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Art and Design
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Art History
- Areas of interest Art History, Cultural Studies, History, Design Arts, Arts
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Chris McAuliffe
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
Second Semester 2021
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This course will examine how social and historical change shaped art and design in the modern and contemporary periods. It will explore the impacts of technology and globalisation, ideologies and institutions on the production, dissemination and understanding of art and design. The formation of modern cultural institutions and markets will be examined, tracing the global development of museums, art galleries and biennales. Postmodern challenges to the histories and institutions of modern art will be studied, including practices based in regional and non-Western cultural traditions, diverse and resistance identities, and disruptive forms of media and engagement.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- identify and apply the principal methodologies of art history and theory;
- analyse the visual, historical and theoretical aspects of a broad range of visual culture in the modern period;
- identify major cultural themes and historical paths in modern and contemporary art and design;
- research and access information about art history and theory; and
- present written and oral arguments about the ideas that inform art and design from a wide range of periods and cultures.
- Tutorial presentation (1000 words) (20) [LO 2,4,5]
- Research questionnaire (500 words) (20) [LO 1,4,5]
- Take-home visual analysis exam (1500 words) (25) [LO 1,2,3,5]
- Research essay (2000 words) (35) [LO 1,2,4,5]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures (lectures, panels, group activities), and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing. Contact hours may include visits to art galleries, museums and collection on ANU campus and in Canberra.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Archer, Michael, Art since 1960 (London; New York: Thames & Hudson, London, 1997).
Broude, Norma (ed.), World Impressionism (New York: Harry N. Abrams Inc. Publishers, 1990).
Clark, John, Modern Asian Art (Sydney; Honolulu: Fine Art Press; University of Hawaii Press, 1998).
Foster, Hal et al Art After 1900: Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmodernism (London: Thames and Hudson, 2004).
Harrison, Charles & Paul Wood (eds), Art in theory: 1900-2000: An Anthology of Changing Ideas, 2nd ed. (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2009).
Highmore, Ben, The Design Culture Reader (London: Routledge, 2009).
Smith, Terry, What is Contemporary Art? (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011).
Stephen, Ann, Andrew McNamara, and Philip Goad (eds.) Modernism & Australia: Documents on Art, Design and Architecture 1917-1967 (Carlton: The Miegunyah Press, 2007).
McLean, Ian Rattling Spears: A History of Indigenous Australian Art (London: Reaktion, 2106) .
Wood, Paul (ed.), The Challenge of the Avant-Garde (New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 1999)
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