Art and Politics

One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will explore the relationship of art and politics historically. We will examine the foundations of politics in antiquity, and how political development influences art’s development. Particular examples include Ancient Greece’s warlike aristocracy that gave rise to individualism and the development of the heroic epic, and the Dadaist refusal to make beautiful art in the face of an immoral society. The convergence of art and politics will also be analyzed in the context of ideas such as autonomy, individualism and representation, and how these ideas exist within both art and politics.

Visual & Critical Studies