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