Seminar in contemporary art

Previously taught by: Vivian K. SHENG
9 credits
This course examines the global circuits of contemporary art from 1980 to the present through a consideration of various biennales, triennials, and global art fairs in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. The class begins by investigating two landmark exhibitions – Primitivism in 20th Century Art (New York, 1985) and Magiciens de la Terre (Paris, 1989) – in order to consider the perception and presentation of so-called “non-western art” we then will move on to broadly historicize present-day “global” art practice. Topics will include the reappraisal of the western/non-western division, the importance of artistic identity, and the promotion of art as cultural ambassador.

100% coursework