History of Contemporary Art II - LM (2019/2020)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Denis Viva
Denis Viva
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
II semestre - sede TN dal Feb 17, 2020 al May 29, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Comprehension and analysis of contemporary artworks. Critic and historical attitude in using the methodological tools of the discipline. How to research in the field of Contemporary Art History. Deep knowledge of the monographic topic of the course.


Background: Knowledge of the Art History of Medieval, Modern and Contemporary ages

Content: The course will deal with the main events, theories and artworks of Visual Art from the turn of 1968 until the 2000s. The lectures will also focus on some more general trend of Visual Arts during this period as the rise of Institutional Critique, of Gender Theory, or Globalization.

Methodology of teaching: Lectures with the projections of artwork pictures, visual tests, and an anthology of Art Critics. One study visit to a close museums could be scheduled during the course.

Yve-Alain Bois, Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Hal Foster, Rosalind Krauss, Arte dal 1900. Modernismo Antimodernismo Postmodernismo, Zanichelli, Milano 2013, years: from 1967 to 1977, 1984b, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1993b, 1993c, 1994a, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2007b, 2007c, 2010a

Irving Sandler, "Art in the Postmodern Era. From the late 1960s to the Early 1990s, IconEditions, New York 1996; chapters: 3. First Generation Feminism; 9. The Italian Transavantguardia and German Neo-expressionism; 11 Postmodernist Art Theory.

Anne Rorimer, New Art in the 60s and 70s. Redefining Reality, Thames & Hudson, Londra 2001, chapters: 1 Painting at Issue after 1965; 2, Medium as Message/ Message as Medium; 6. Context as Content: Surveying the Site

Brian O'Doherty, Inside the White Cube. L'ideologia dello spazio espositivo, Johan & Levy, Milano 2012, chapter: 3 Il contesto come contenuto

Students who cannot attend the lectures should plan with the professor a specific bibliography

Assessment methods and criteria

Written (with two questions) and further oral examition asking to: develop an art-historical and critical narration in order to conceptually gather some artworks; recognize, describe and comment specific artworks; aswer to art-historical and theoretical questions about the topic of the course; compare art critics texts and images.
The exam will scrutinize the individual knowledge concerning the topic of the course; each own competence in autonomously analyzing artworks; theorical awareness and critical approach to the topic

Students who cannot attend the lectures should plan with the professor a specific bibliography