Canceled- Art in Context: Introduction to Contemporary Art (Part 1)

This event has been canceled due to the Coronavirus and subsequent temporary Museum closure. All ticket holders will be refunded automatically. Thank you for your understanding.

Presented by Thomas Folland, Art Historian

What is contemporary art and when does it begin? What is the difference between Modern and Contemporary? Why is contemporary art often so provocative and controversial? This first class in this series will answer these questions while introducing some of the major preoccupations of art in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. We will overview some of the major themes and controversies that defined art since 1900 through looking at a select pairing of a group of artists whose work sharply articulates either a divergence or a confluence of contemporary concerns: Marcel Duchamp and Pablo Picasso, Kara Walker and Betye Saar, Robert Rauschenberg and Willem de Kooning, Santiago Sierra and Vanessa Beecroft.

*Part 1, April 15: Introduction to Contemporary Art.
Part 2, April 22: The Disappearing Object: Sculpture, Assemblage, Collage, and Installation.
Part 3, April 29: “This is Not to Be Looked at” : Conceptual Art and New Media.
Part 4,May 6: “It’s Not Me, It’s You”: Relational Aesthetics.
Part 5, May 13: Art without Borders: Global Vanguards.
Part 6, May 20: Painting is Dead. Long Live Painting!

Location: Norma Kershaw Auditorium

Individual lecture: Member or with paid museum admission $9 | General $12 PURCHASE TICKETS

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Image credit: Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain

Event details

April 15, 2020 11:00 am - 12:00 pm