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This subject deals with the critical formulation of vanguard “high” modernism in the 1960s and its contestation by varieties of late modernist and postmodernist art and culture which develop throughout subsequent decades up to the millennium. The course is oriented by the proposition that the reactions to high modernism invoke an “expanded field” of art during this period: with the emergence of performative modes of art and new cross-media and inter-media art forms; with a revitalized convergence of design, fashion, music, cinema and visual art; with the invention of new media; and with artistic and critical challenges to modernist doctrines of vanguard progress, authenticity and originality.
Intended learning outcomes
To provide knowledge and understanding of significant and relevant themes in the art and culture of the second half of the twentieth century; and to do so through a lucid interpretation of specific works of art and of art criticism, in their historical contexts.
On completing this subject students will be able to demonstrate
• An ability to comprehend and apply methods and objectives of argument, in both verbal presentation and written expression.
• An ability to conduct relevant and coherent research investigation.
• An ability to express critical responses in peer reviewing circumstances and group discussion.
Last updated: 20 February 2024