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ARTH 193 — Artists Who Broke the Rules and Redefined Modern Art

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: See below
Date(s): Jan 16—Feb 13
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Jan 29
Unit: 1
Tuition: $345
Instructor(s): Sidra Stich
Status: Open
Please Note: Class sessions: 5 Tuesdays, January 16 - February 13, 7:00 - 8:50 pm; Field trip to SFMOMA: Saturday, February 3, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
7:00—8:50 pm
Jan 16—Feb 13
See below
Drop By
Jan 29
1 Unit
Sidra Stich
Please Note: Class sessions: 5 Tuesdays, January 16 - February 13, 7:00 - 8:50 pm; Field trip to SFMOMA: Saturday, February 3, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
This course will explore the revolutionary work of ten preeminent artists of the past century: Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Louise Bourgeois, Bruce Nauman, Yayoi Kusama, Sol LeWitt, and Richard Serra. These artists challenged the tenets of modernism while radically changing the criteria that define art.

They expanded the fundamental categories of painting, sculpture, and photography to include conceptual, installation, site-specific, and performance art. Non-art materials were appropriated; mass media and commonplace imagery became acceptable subject matter; chance and arbitrary processes displaced compositional order; art was created for a particular place and designed to be temporary; uninhibited eroticism flourished; idea art emerged as a discrete genre.

Class discussions will analyze specific artworks with reference to biographical, contextual, and historical information. Attention will also be paid to the shift away from meaning and formal considerations of space, color, and shape toward perplexing, intentionally unorthodox presentations. A guided tour of two major exhibitions at SFMOMA—Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules and Louise Bourgeois’s Spiders—will be scheduled as an optional event to complement weekly classes.

This course includes an optional field trip to SFMOMA. Ticket cost and transportation will be the responsibility of the student. Students are encouraged to order their tickets online as soon as they can, as tickets can sell out. More information will be provided at the first class session.

Sidra Stich, Former Chief Curator, Berkeley Art Museum

Sidra Stich received a PhD in art history from UC Berkeley and has taught and curated exhibitions on modern and contemporary art since 1980. She has received fellowships from the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery, and the American Academy in Berlin. She has written guidebooks on contemporary art and architecture in France, Britain and Ireland, Italy, Paris, Spain, and San Francisco.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.