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HAAVC-3000-3: Avant-Garde Art and Artists

Fall 2022

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

Campus: San Francisco
Course Dates: August 31, 2022 — December 13, 2022
Meetings: Tue 4:00-07:00PM, Main Bldg - 141
Instructor: Thomas Haakenson

Units: 3.0
Enrolled: 15/16


HAAVC 3000 seminars continue developing students' visual analysis and research skills while providing students 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 specific topic/theme. 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. This course cannot fulfill the HAAVC 2000 requirement.Radicals! Revolutionaries! Activists! Agitators! There has never been a better time for avant-garde art, design, writing, and architecture – for creative practices intent on transforming and improving the world through the deployment of unorthodox and innovative ideas. It was the French philosopher Henri de Saint-Simon who in his 1824 book The Artist, the Scientist and the Industrialist introduced the idea of a creative “advanced guard,” a phrase until then associated primarily with the military, to describe the important role artists, designers, writers, and architects must play in imagining and building a better world. Through discussions about a wide range of theories about avant-garde aesthetic practices as well as about case studies of spectacular avant-garde achievements and failures, this course examines the ways in which artists, designers, writers, architects, and other creatives have tried – and sometimes with great success –  to change the world.

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