History of Contemporary Art II - LM [Sede TN] (2020/2021)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Denis Viva
Denis Viva
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
CuCi IA, CuCi IB

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; deep knowledge of the most relevant Contemporary Arts events, theories and artworks from 1967 to the 2000s.


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 both focus on some more general trend of Visual Arts during this period (Conceptual Art, Globalization, ecc.) and on the development of sculpture from Post-Minimalism to the 2000s, with Unmonumental art and Relational Art.

The course provides lectures with the projections of artwork pictures, visual tests, and an anthology of Art Critics. One lectures will be hold by prof. Giuseppe Di Natale (University of L'Aquila, Italy). One study visit to a close museums could be scheduled during the course.

Assessment methods and criteria

Written (with one question) and further oral examition asking to: interpret a contemporary artwork according to an historical and critical approach; 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.

Yve-Alain Bois, Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Hal Foster, Rosalind Krauss, Arte dal 1900. Modernismo Antimodernismo Postmodernismo, Zanichelli, Milano 2017, years: from 1966b to 1977, 1984b, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1992, 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; 15. Commodity Art, Neogeo, and the East Village Art Scene.

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

Laura Hoptman, Unmonumental: Going to Pieces in the 21st Century, in Unmonumental. The Object in the 21st Century, exhibition catalogue, curated by Richard Flood, Laura Hoptman and Massimiliano Gioni (New Museum, New York, 2007) Phaidon Press, London-New York 2007, pp. 128-39.

Nicolas Bourriaud, Relational Aesthetics, Les Presses du Réel, Paris 2002.

Erasmus students can do half of the exam (the oral part or the written one) in: English, Spanish, French
Students who cannot attend the lectures should plan their program with the professor