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HAAVC-2000-3: Feminist Art

Spring 2022

Subject: History of Art and Visual Culture
Type: Lecture
Delivery Mode: In-Person
Level: Undergraduate

Campus: San Francisco
Course Dates: January 18, 2022 — May 08, 2022
Meetings: Thu 8:00-11:00AM, San Francisco - Main Building - W2
Instructor: Cindy Bello

Units: 3.0
Enrolled: 17/18 Waitlist


VISST-2000 courses develop students' visual analysis skills while providing the opportunity for in-depth study of the visual/structural artifacts associated with a particular topic, region, or movement. Students will also engage with the relevant primary/secondary literature for the topic at hand. Courses will pay particular attention to the larger cultural, historical, and theoretical/ideological contexts in which the visual artifacts and structures under consideration were created.COURSE DESCRIPTIONThis course explores the intersection of art, visual culture, and feminist theory from U.S. and global south contexts, paying close attention to how the interventions of women of color in the U.S. and feminists in non-U.S. locations have radically (re)imagined feminist politics over the past 30 years. We will consider the role of media and visual culture in formations of gender, sexuality, and relations of power, and examine feminist approaches to art and activism that have emerged to address contemporary gendered inequalities. Readings and works to be discussed will emphasize transnational conversations and phenomena, not merely to critique and de-center the centrality of Euro-U.S. feminist dialogues, but to underscore the historical links between different forms of feminist movements across the globe. Coursework and class discussions will focus on developing our understanding of the dynamic relation of feminist art, activism, and knowledge production to debates around such topics as migration, militarization, labor, imperialism, mass imprisonment, and human rights. Artists to be discussed include Emily Jacir, Mona Hatoum, Tania Bruguera, Regina Jose Galindo, Zanele Muholi, Wu Mali, and Hung Liu, among others.

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