4.602 / 4.652
Modern Art and Mass Culture

Required of: 
Restricted elective for BSA, Arch and Design minors; MArch

UG: 4.602; G: 4.652

2/4/19 update — there will no longer be a graduate recitation (R01, previously scheduled R 10-11).

Introduction to theories of modernism and postmodernism and their related forms (roughly 18th century to present) in art and design. Focuses on how artists use the tension between fine art and mass culture to critique both. Examines visual art in a range of genres, from painting to design objects and "relational aesthetics." Works of art are viewed in their interaction with advertising, caricature, comics, graffiti, television, fashion, "primitive" art, propaganda, and networks on the internet.

Additional work required of students taking graduate version.