From the Impressionist paintings of Claude Monet, the Cubist work of Pablo Picasso, and the Pop art of Andy Warhol, this course will examine what it means for a work of art to be Modern. Our examples will be drawn from a variety of artistic styles and media including, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and photography, to name just a few. Some works will even defy traditional categorization, such as Earth Art, Installation, and Performance.
Our goal is to consider the larger cultural context in which each work was produced. Through class lectures, discussions, and frequent visits to the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, you will encounter works that challenge assumptions about race and gender, while others will challenge assumptions about art itself. A range of critical texts by both artists and historians will be introduced. This course is foundational if you wish to further your studies in either the studio arts or in art history, as well as if you are seeking to broaden your historical knowledge of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
As a result of successfully completing this class, you will:
• Recognize and understand the major stylistic movements of the Modern period
• Understand how works of art relate to developments in history, politics, and society
• Analyze major monuments from the period in terms of their style, subject matter, technique, chosen medium, and relationship to modernity
• Use proper art historical vocabulary in their analyses of works of art
• Be familiar with the critical debates around figuration and abstraction
• Understand the sources of contemporary art
Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.