Global Currents in Contemporary Art | Spalding University Catalog

ARTH-340: Global Currents in Contemporary Art

3 credit hours

Contemporary art is expansive—in its definitions of what can be considered art, in the diversity of its creators around the globe, and in the demands it makes upon those who engage with it to be deeply informed both historically and critically.  This course introduces students to overarching themes contemporary artists engage with, including identity, globalism, social justice, ecological degradation, digital technology, and the commercial artworld.  Through readings, discussion, and critical writing, students will gain a historically grounded theoretical and critical framework to engage thoughtfully and conversantly with contemporary artistic discourse. This course will include at least one writing assignment that requires peer review and a minimum of two drafts. This course can be used to satisfy University Studies requirements.