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080021 UE Course: Contemporary Figurations (nst.K.) (2019W)

Continuous assessment of course work

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Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).

Details

max. 24 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 02.10. 14:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum 5 d.Inst.f.Kunstg. (1.Stock) Uni-Campus Hof 9 3F-O1-22.A
Wednesday 09.10. 14:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum 5 d.Inst.f.Kunstg. (1.Stock) Uni-Campus Hof 9 3F-O1-22.A
Wednesday 16.10. 14:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum 5 d.Inst.f.Kunstg. (1.Stock) Uni-Campus Hof 9 3F-O1-22.A
Wednesday 23.10. 14:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum 5 d.Inst.f.Kunstg. (1.Stock) Uni-Campus Hof 9 3F-O1-22.A
Wednesday 30.10. 14:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum 5 d.Inst.f.Kunstg. (1.Stock) Uni-Campus Hof 9 3F-O1-22.A
Wednesday 06.11. 14:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum 5 d.Inst.f.Kunstg. (1.Stock) Uni-Campus Hof 9 3F-O1-22.A
Wednesday 13.11. 14:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum 5 d.Inst.f.Kunstg. (1.Stock) Uni-Campus Hof 9 3F-O1-22.A
Wednesday 20.11. 14:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum 5 d.Inst.f.Kunstg. (1.Stock) Uni-Campus Hof 9 3F-O1-22.A
Wednesday 27.11. 14:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum 5 d.Inst.f.Kunstg. (1.Stock) Uni-Campus Hof 9 3F-O1-22.A
Wednesday 04.12. 14:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum 5 d.Inst.f.Kunstg. (1.Stock) Uni-Campus Hof 9 3F-O1-22.A
Wednesday 11.12. 14:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum 5 d.Inst.f.Kunstg. (1.Stock) Uni-Campus Hof 9 3F-O1-22.A
Wednesday 08.01. 14:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum 5 d.Inst.f.Kunstg. (1.Stock) Uni-Campus Hof 9 3F-O1-22.A
Wednesday 15.01. 14:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum 5 d.Inst.f.Kunstg. (1.Stock) Uni-Campus Hof 9 3F-O1-22.A
Wednesday 22.01. 14:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum 5 d.Inst.f.Kunstg. (1.Stock) Uni-Campus Hof 9 3F-O1-22.A
Wednesday 29.01. 14:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum 5 d.Inst.f.Kunstg. (1.Stock) Uni-Campus Hof 9 3F-O1-22.A

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

What is “figuration” in contemporary art? At least since Benjamin Buchloh’s important 1981 lament regarding a nostalgic “return” to figuration in European painting of the interwar period, “figuration” has been linked in contemporary art history with questionable, if not suspect, aesthetic and political aspirations. It is associated with illusion, monumentality, and tradition, with the artist as virtuoso master, with authoritarian perspectival schemas and submissive viewers, with obsolete and exclusive iconographies, and with defunct formal, material, and stylistic conventions. It was this view of “figuration” that the historical avantgardes sought to counter or transcend by developing disparate strategies of abstraction.

Throughout the late 20th century, abstraction in one guise or another has continued to present itself as the antidote to the conservatism of “figuration.” At the same time, and especially in the art of the 21st century, artists began to explore modes of figuration that cannot so easily be dismissed as retrospective or nostalgic. Rethinking and resisting inherited rubrics of representation, perspective, orientation, and viewership, they arguably contest – in equally radical fashion – the dominant conventions of figuration and its historiographic reception. Taking the art of the early 1980s as a point of departure, this course critically examines contemporary figuration, considering the historical, artistic, and political grounds for and consequence of its resurgence. Artists under discussion include Marlene Dumas, Kerry James Marshall, Takashi Murakami, and Jenny Saville, amongst others. Readings in feminist and queer theory, postcolonial theory, and disability studies will undergird our discussions.

This is a reading- and writing-intensive course designed for advanced B.A. students and M.A. students in art history with a strong interest in modern and contemporary art. The course will be held in English. Active participation in class discussion is expected. Erasmus and exchange students are asked to contact the instructor before enrolling.

Assessment and permitted materials

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

o Attendance
o Active Participation
o Written Assignments: At least seven (7) short written reflections (350-500 words each) on the course readings via a discussion forum on Moodle. These are the basis for our in-class discussion.
o In-class Presentation
o Final Dossier (revision of the text of the in-class presentation + two (2) revised reflections). Standard rules of scholarly writing, style, and citation apply.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Students must successfully complete all course requirements to pass the class.

N.B.: Late work will not be accepted.

Examination topics

n/a

Reading list

o All required readings are available as PDFs on Moodle: Students must bring copies (electronic or paper) to all classes.
o Some key sources will be available in the Course Reserves (Handapparat) in the University Library of the Department of Art History.

Association in the course directory

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