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ARTH 105 — European Modernism, 1900-1940

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Sep 26—Oct 31
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 9
Unit: 1
Tuition: $345
Instructor(s): Sidra Stich
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on November 22
On-campus course
7:00—8:50 pm
Sep 26—Oct 31
6 weeks
Drop By
Oct 9
1 Unit
Sidra Stich
Please Note: No class on November 22
The first three decades of the 20th century witnessed the emergence of a wide range of radical art movements. It was an unprecedented era of change and unbounded creativity. The new art overtly challenged long-standing traditions in subject matter, compositional structure, pictorial expression, style, and imagery. Art was no longer shaped by reality and rationality. It was instead non-referential, deriving motifs from the unconscious and developing themes in accordance with theoretical premises. While some artists fragmented and minimized the formal elements, others intentionally assumed a provocative stance in their unabashed emphasis on the erotic and mundane. A notable shift away from figurative representation prevailed.

This course will examine the revolutionary work of some of the most innovative artists and European art movements from 1900 to 1940. Matisse, Picasso, Kandinsky, Mondrian, Malevich, Duchamp, and MirĂ³ will be the highlights of discussions associated with Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, Expressionism, Dada, and Surrealism. We will connect changes in the art realm to the changing ways of thinking about human nature, and to the scientific advancements, political activities, and cultural events that have come to characterize the era.

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.