Justine Wong’s timeline of history, 1951-2000

Today’s post features another timeline from Amy Wilson’s Art in Theory 1900-2000 class. In this case, the timeline consists of two diagrams created by VCS student Justine Wong, covering the second half of the century. Each diagram takes the form of a two-axis graph, with significant 20th-century artists and events situated according to Justine’s analysis of where they fall along two different continua.

I asked Justine for her comments about the graphs, and this is what she said: “The timeline was an attempt to see if there was a trend in history or art towards one extreme or another (between encouraging the individual and the collective, new and old) that resulted instead in showing mostly fragmentation and opposites simultaneously existing in the postmodern world of 1950-2000.”

Here are the diagrams, with a brief explanation of each (you can click on each image to open larger, more legible versions):

The first diagram plots a selection of historically important artworks according to the criteria of individual versus collective production and original versus derivative results, allowing the viewer to see where these works stand in relation to one another. (The graph also differentiates between works by male and female artists.)

The second timeline uses the same basic format and retains individual versus collective phenomena as its X axis. However, instead of artworks, it covers significant historical events, and replaces the criterion of artistic originality with the related idea of invention versus tradition.

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