Currencies 1: Contemporary Focus on Historical Themes in Art

Course code AART3140
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables

Description

Artists and art historians draw on a wide range of material and issues to interpret works of art and to draw inspiration for developing work in the studio. This course will focus on a different geographical location each time it is presented and will investigate works of art under this theme across a wide range of cultures, historical periods and media, though always with a reflection back to opportunities and issues within contemporary practice.

Availability

Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the historical precedents of current themes and debates in contemporary art and be able to meaningfully engage in current debates and discourse.

2. Demonstrate knowledge of cross-cultural and trans-historical themes in artistic practice.

3. Be able to analyse and interpret historical and contemporary works of art from both western and non-western traditions in a thematic and reflexive framework rather than relying on chronological historiography alone.

4. Be able to apply knowledge of historical works of art to contemporary practice, including their own studio work.

5. Understand commonalities and differences in a range of historical and cultural aesthetic practices.

Content

AART3149 Currencies 1: Contemporary Focus on Historical Themes in Art aims to place contemporary artistic studio practice in its historical contexts. One of its key learning objectives is to "Be able to apply knowledge of historical works of art to contemporary practice, including their own studio work." The proposed activity will take students in AART3140 to the great centres of modern and contemporary art. The two key elements of the trips are:

  • Visits to art museums, galleries and significant collections of modern and contemporary art
  • Visits to the studios of practicing contemporary artists to discuss their studio practice

The assessment items will consist of a reflective journal, a written work and a creative work based on this trip.

Assumed Knowledge

Some previous knowledge of art history/theory would be helpful.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Analysis of theme in the historical context

Project: Creative work - analysis of themes in the 21st centry context

Journal: Research Development Record

Contact Hours

Callaghan

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

This course may be offered in a Compressed Delivery format for comparable contact hours

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term