Humanities Seminars Course: Themes in Contemporary Postmodern Art

Friday, October 30, 2015 - 9:00am to Friday, December 4, 2015 - 12:00pm
Rubel Room, Poetry Center 1508 E. Helen Street Tucson, AZ 85721
FRIDAYS 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. October 30 - December 4, 2015. No class on November 27, 2015. Register here.

Tuition: $135.00

This five-week course examines concepts that have become increasingly relevant to contemporary artists working in a variety of media over the past 50 years. It concentrates on more recent art, understood against the backdrop of modern art movements. In this class we will look at some of the broader theories, practices, and institutions that have emerged in the contemporary art world. Subjects include aura, the digital, photography, monumental and unmonumental sculpture, new image painting, time, science, the environment, personal and cultural identity, religion and spirituality, memorialization, relational aesthetics, the museum, and festivalism. The course will be more thematic than chronological, and will cover art and artists in the emerging and changing global art market of today.

PAUL ELI IVEY is Professor of Art History in the School of Art where he teaches Modern and Contemporary Art and Theory. His primary research interests are the American religious built environment and the connections between spirituality and contemporary art.  His latest book, Radiance from Halcyon:  A Utopian Experiment in Religion and Science, was published in 2013. He is also author of Prayers in Stone, Christian Science Church Architecture in the United States (1999). Professor Ivey was awarded the Superior Teaching Award of the Humanities Seminars Program in 2013.