Special Topics in Art History - ART ACTIVISM FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
Course description: This course surveys the multiple ways in which artists in the United States have approached social change through the lens of art as a form of activism from the 1960s to the present. We will consider artists’ activism from the perspectives of Native Americans, African Americans, Feminists, LBGTQIA artists and collectives like ACT UP, groups such as GAAG (The Guerilla Art Action Group), artists working for climate change, disabled artist activists, and the multi-cultural movement for social change in Black Lives Matter. We will also think about how individual artists have critiqued the “military industrial, congressional, complex,” as well as the art establishment, museums, and more. We will examine major theoretical frameworks, key movements, and concepts, and explore how the personal, the social, and the political change in art over time.
Course Goals/Objectives: By the end of this course you will be able to…