Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


Art History 340. Postwar and Contemporary Art, 1945-2000

This course surveys the diversity of art making since 1945 through a thematic approach. We study postwar movements (Abstract Expressionism, Art Informel, Neo-Dada, Pop, Minimalism, Conceptual art) in conjunction with more recent work, from a more global context, that challenges its discourses and assumptions. By focusing on selected concepts (body, gender and identity, consumerism, natural environment, cultural hybridity, historical memory, e.g.) we consider critical and creative relationships across periods, cultures, and media (painting and sculpture, photography, performance, installation, film and video). The critical analysis of individual works, and in particular theoretical writings by artists, art historians and critics form the basis of the course.