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ARTH 367 Studies in 20th Century Art and Architecture: Performance: 1960 - Present

  • Wednesdays, 8:45 - 11:15am
  • EV 1.605
  • Instructor: Dr. Vanessa Mackenzie Parent

This course will examine Performance art internationally from the 1960s to present day. Proceeding chronologically, the course will begin by anchoring the genre’s early iterations in experimental practices of the immediate post-war period that sought to move beyond the limitations imposed by traditional artistic mediums. The course will then trace the development of Performance art globally, highlighting its unique capacity to engage directly with social realities through action and participation while addressing the significance of its dependence on media such as film and video for documentation. Students can expect to examine aesthetic strategies specific to performance such as body art, delegated performance, endurance art, and re-enactment, while also unpacking relevant contextual issues such as globalization and the rise of neoliberalism; decolonization and neocolonialism; migration and displacement; environmental concerns; and issues related to race, gender and sexuality.

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