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The Politics of Painting: Modern Art & Revolution
0.50 Credit(s)
Academic Course
Prerequisite: 10 credits, including 1.0 credit of second-year liberal studies (including 0.5 VISC credit).
This course explores the issues that arise from the intersection of modern art and revolution, including the role of the state, propaganda, and collective versus individual artistic expression. Topics include the French Revolution (1789) and painting; the Russian Revolution (1917) and the fate of the Soviet avant-garde; the role of popular painting in representing the Haitian Revolution (1804); and the muralist movement of the Mexican revolution (1910). Artistic practices will be examined in relation to the historical context and the philosophical ideas of each revolution including liberalism, nationalism, marxism, and anti-colonial struggles.
Notes: Revised title and course description 2010-11
Course was last updated May 28, 2010 - 2:49 PM