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 theme each time the course 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.

The course will engage history and theory with practices across 2D, 3D and multi-media. Themes may include:

* Image is Everything: Art and Fashion ¿ history, subcultures, boundaries, influence, zeitgeist.

* The Grotesque: gargoyles, monsters and the bizarre (from the Roman Grotto to Contemporary Art).

* The Garden: Paradise, the natural world, public and private space, the formal garden in history (incl..Persian, Chinese and Japanese gardens), wilderness, landscape, the `picturesque¿, artists¿ gardens and sustainability.

* Urban Fantasies, Magic and the Supernatural: daydreams, nightmares, myth, witchcraft, animism, demonology and angelology, magic, religion and science.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • 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: Essays / Written Assignments

Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments

Journal: Journal

Contact Hours

Lecture

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

Tutorial

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