Art evolutions: Pop to post-internet art

Course Dates: 21/04/20 - 23/06/20
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Explore art and culture in the late 20th century, focusing on the major developments and movements in art including Neo-Dada and Pop art, conceptual and performance, installation and Postmodernism, and their relationship to wider cultural contexts.


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?

This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.

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:
VB140 / VB816 - Art evolutions: Pre-Raphaelites to Expressionism
VB141 / VB817 - Art evolutions: Post-Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism

You might also be interested in:
VB682 - Looking at contemporary art
VB155 / VB156 / VB157 - Contemporary art in London.

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Tutor Biographies
Christopher Collier

Christopher Collier trained as an artist, before gaining an MA in Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths and a PhD in Art History and Theory from the University of Essex. He has taught at institutions including the University of Essex and Winchester School of Art, as well as presenting internationally at a range of workshops and conferences, including at the ICA, London and CCA, Glasgow. His broad range of interests includes the intersections of art and political economy, art and science, urbanism and cultural theory. He is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: VB142

Tue, day, 21 Apr - 23 Jun '20

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £249.00
Senior fee: £199.00
Concession: £152.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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