American Contemporary Art: 1945-1990

This course investigates how and why, following World War II, New York “stole” from Europe the idea of avant-garde art. The class follows the evolution of and philosophies behind the radical new developments in American contemporary art from the emergence of Abstract Expressionism in the late 1940s, through the Pop Art and Minimalism of the 1960s and the pluralistic 1970s, including Conceptual Art, Earth and Process Art, the New Realism, Decorative and New Image Art, and finally to Neo-Expressionism, and other developments of the 1980s. Attention will be paid to the relationship of new art to the changing political, social and intellectual landscapes of the late twentieth century. Meets the Critical Learning: AIM requirement. Meets the Writing in the Discipline requirement.

Degree requirement — Critical Learning: AIM, Critical Learning: HP, Writing in the Discipline

1 unit — Murray


Term Block Title Instructor Location Student Limit/Available Updated
Fall 2021 Block 4 American Contemporary Art: 1945-1990 Gale Murray Packard Hall 125 25 / 13 05/23/2022
Fall 2022 Block 3 American Contemporary Art: 1945-1990 Gale Murray TBA 25 / 20 05/23/2022
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