What is the course about?
The course explores the major art movements and critical theories which have influenced the making and reading of Western art since 1950. It will explore modern and postmodern art in its socio-cultural contexts including: the rise of consumerism; the growth and influence of feminism and postcolonialism; and the impact of information technologies and new media.
What will we cover?
The course follows a broadly chronological survey of the major phases in modern art from 1950, including: late Modernist sculpture and post-painterly abstraction; from Pop Art to Postmodernism; Minimalism in sculpture and land art; conceptual art; critical Postmodernism; site-specific and installation art; institutional critique; Neo-Expressionist painting; relational aesthetics and participation.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Recognise different styles/types of modern art
- Describe works of modern art and express an informed personal response
- State how and why non-traditional materials are used in modern and contemporary art
- Demonstrate an awareness of feminist, postcolonial and postmodern critical theories
- Demonstrate an understanding of the socio-cultural contexts for modern art.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is open to all. No prior knowledge of the subject is required.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
There will be a slide presentation by the tutor with opportunities for group discussion throughout. There will also be some pair and small group activities. Handouts including slide lists will be provided weekly.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No. However, you may wish to buy some of the books on the reading list or visit some of the exhibitions recommended.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may like to take the other courses in this series on modern art: Modern Art 1850-1900 and Modern Art 1900-1950. Contemporary Art Showing in London may also interest you.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details