What do Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, and Jackson Pollock all have in common? They are considered artistic radicals, and all three are covered in Intro to Modern Art! This course examines one of the most important and transformative eras of Western art-- the Modern period-- which extends from Courbet's radicalizing images of working classes through Warhol's no less radical appropriations of the Campbell soup can. Students who want to learn more about the major artists and debates of the modern period will enjoy this innovative course. Rather than reading from a textbook, students will learn about modern art via unique learning tools such as field trips, student-led exhibitions, and visual exercises. This course will prepare students to think like curators and art critics, and start them on their path toward internships in a museum, gallery, media art center, or other non-profit organization. This course is offered in the summer 6-week-2 session.
Students in this course will use a range of concepts, tools, and methods to understand and analyze sex, gender, femininity, masculinity, and sexuality. Through readings, multimedia/pop culture analysis, and class discussion, they will study how gender and sexuality are socially and culturally constructed. In addition, students will consider how gender intersects with other identity categories such as race, class, ethnicity, nation, age, ability, and sexuality. Taught in discussion-based style, it is a great opportunity for students to develop their written and public speaking skills. The course has no prerequisite. This course will appeal to: students in the Natural Sciences who would like to complement their learning with Social Science knowledge; students interested in gender, media, and culture, and how it impacts us all in unique ways; international students who are interested in gender identity in the US and cross-cultural understandings of sex and gender; and undergraduate looking for cutting edge curriculum and interesting course content rooted in the Humanities. This course is offered in the 6-week-1 session.