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BEng Art Since 1940

Catalog id : 4.651
 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
 Type
Online

 Duration
0 Months
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
24070 USD
National
24070 USD

Application fee

International 75 USD
National 75 USD
Department
Architecture
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)90
TOEFL-PBT (min)577

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About this course

This subject focuses on the objects, history, context, and critical discussion surrounding art since World War II. Because of the burgeoning increase in art production, the course is necessarily selective. We will trace major developments and movements in art up to the present, primarily from the US; but we will also be looking at art from Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as art "on the margins" — art that has been overlooked by the mainstream critical press, but may have a broad cultural base in its own community. We will ask what function art serves in its various cultures of origin, and why art has been such a lightning rod for political issues around the world.

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Eligibility Criteria

Graduate Record Examination

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To learn this subject, you will be expected to attend class meetings, do a good bit of outside reading and looking, view films during class, write two papers (one as part of a midterm), attend any field trips, participate in an in-class debate, and take a final exam. For help with writing, you are encouraged to take advantage of the writing center. We understand there are different learning styles so please come to office hours or meet with the T.A. to plan a strategy that works for you.

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Course Modules

Week  #
Topics
Readings
1
Introduction; themes of the '30s
Required
[AMA], pp. 1-35.

Recommended
[TAP], pp. 1-28.
2
Surrealism to abstract expressionism
Required
[NYS], Introduction and chapters 4-7.

Hofmann, Hans. "The Search for the Real in the Visual Arts." Pp. 40-48 in Search for the Real, and Other Essays. Edited by Sara T. Weeks, and Bartlett H. Hayes, Jr. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1967. ISBN: 9780262580083.

[MIS], "The Romance of the Studio and the Abstract Expressionist Sublime." pp. 1-41.

Recommended
[TAP], pp. 29-71.
3
Abstract expressionism: from "action" to "field"
Required
[NYS], chapters 8-11, 13, and 15.

[AAA], pp. 1-46.

Greenberg, Clement. "'American-Type' Painting." Pp. 208-229 in Art and Culture: Critical Essays. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1971. ISBN: 9780807066812.

Rosenberg, Harold. "Parable of American Painting" and "American Action Painters." In The Tradition of the New. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 1994. ISBN: 9780306805967.

[MIS], "The Romance of the Studio and the Abstract Expressionist Sublime." Pp. 41-59.

Recommended
[TAP], pp. 92-137, and 233-268.

Phillips, Lisa. The Third Dimension: Sculpture of the New York School. New York, NY: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1984. (Read pp. 9-44 plus entries) ISBN: 9780874270020.
4
Abstract expressionism abroad: precursor, export, zeitgeist?
Required
Jones, Caroline A. Bay Area Figurative Art 1950-1965. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1989. Read chapter 1. ISBN: 9780520068421.

Kachur, Lewis. "The View from the East: The Reception of Jackson Pollock among Japanese Gutai Artists." Pp. 152-162 in Abstract Expressionism: The International Context. Joan Marter, ed. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2007. ISBN: 9780813539744.

Recommended
[TAP], pp. 148-192, 225-232, and 269-275.

Albright, Thomas. Art in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-1980. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1985. Skim chapters 1-4. ISBN: 9780520055186.

Munroe, Alexandra. Japanese Art After 1945. New York, NY: Harry N. Abrams, 1994. Read pp. 83-99. ISBN: 9780810925939.

Roberts, James. "Painting as Performance." Art in America 80, no. 5 (1992): 112-120.

Guilbaut, Serge. "Disdain for the Stain: Abstract Expressionism and Tachisme." Pp. 29-50 and notes in Abstract Expressionism: The International Context. Joan Marter, ed. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2007. ISBN: 9780813539744.

Ashton, Dore, ed. Twentieth-Century Artists on Art. New York, NY: Pantheon Books, 1986. Read pp. 122, 186, and 203. ISBN: 9780394734897.
5
Abstract expressionism abroad: the Cold War '50s
Required
Jones, Caroline A. "Coca-Cola Plan, or, How New York Stole the Soul of Giuseppe Panza." In Panza: The Legacy of a Collector. Los Angeles, CA: Museum of Contemporary Art, 1999. Read pp. 25-30. ISBN: 9780914357735.

Tomkins, Calvin. Off the Wall: Robert Rauschenberg and the Art World of Our Time. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1980. Read chapters 8, 11, 15, and 21. ISBN: 9780385124706.

Jones, Caroline A. Bay Area Figurative Art 1950-1965. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1989. Read chapter 2, skim and consult pictures in chapters 3-5. ISBN: 9780520068421.

[AAA], pp. 72-78.

Recommended
Tomkins, Calvin. The Bride and the Bachelors: Five Masters of the Avant-Garde. New York, NY: Penguin Books, 1976. Read chapters on Cage, Tinguely, and Rauschenberg. ISBN: 9780140043136.

Albright, Thomas. Art in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-1980. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1985. Skim and consult pictures, chapters 5-6. ISBN: 9780520055186.

Schulze, Franz. Fantastic Images: Chicago Art Since 1945. Chicago, IL: Follett Publishing Co., 1972. Skim and consult pictures.
6
The '50s into '60s: figuration into neo-Dada
Required
[AMA], pp. 37-64.

[AAA], pp. 57-72.

Phillips, Lisa. "Beat Culture." In Beat Culture and the New America. New York, NY: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1995. Skim text and pictures throughout. ISBN: 9782080136138.

Ginsberg, Allen. "Prologue." In Beat Culture and the New America. New York, NY: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1995. ISBN: 9782080136138.

Recommended
[NYS], pp. 140-195.
7
'50s (and later): cool art, cold war
Required
[AMA], pp. 67-93.

[AAA], pp. 47-52 and 52-55.

Jones, Caroline A. "Tyranny of the Eye." Chapter 7 in Eyesight Alone: Clement Greenberg's Modernism and the Bureaucratization of the Senses. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2008. ISBN: 9780226409535.

Recommended
Haskell, Barbara. Blam! The Explosion of Pop, Minimalism, and Performance: 1958-1964. New York, NY: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1984. Skim and consult pictures. ISBN: 9780874270006.

[NYS], pp. 196-213.
8
Turning from the '50s: toward "contemporary" art
Required
[MIS], pp. 98-105 (section of chapter 2 on "Painters Painting"); and pp. 105-113 theoretical conclusion (extra credit).

Recommended
De Antonio, Emile, and Mitch Tuchman. Painters Painting: A Candid History of the Modern Art Scene, 1940-1970. New York, NY: Abbeville Press, 1984. ISBN: 9780896594180.
9
60s abstraction, figuration: an industrial aesthetic
Required
[AMA], pp. 95-104, 110-128, and 131-159.

[AAA], pp. 79-104 and 105-123.

[MIS], pp. 114-188 (chapter 2, "Frank Stella, Executive Artist"); and pp. 189-267 (chapter 4, "Warhol's Factory").

Rosenblum, Robert. "Pop Art and Non-Pop Art." 1964. Anthologized in Pop Art Redefined. John Russell and Suzi Gablik, eds. New York, NY: Praeger, 1969, pp. 53-56.

Recommended
[AAS], pp. 1-44 (introduction and chapter 1); and pp. 242-281 (chapter 10).

Meyer, James. Minimalism: Art and Polemics in the Sixties. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2004. (An excellent detailed history and additional background) ISBN: 9780300105902.

Lobel, Michael. Image Duplicator: Roy Lichtenstein and the Emergence of Pop Art. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2002. (More good background) ISBN: 9780300087628.
10
International pop to conceptualism
Required
[AAA], pp. 125-144.

[AT], pp. 37-50 and 105-118.

Recommended
Legg, Alicia, Sol LeWitt, Lucy Lippard, et al. Sol LeWitt: the Museum of Modern Art, New York. New York, NY: Museum of Modern Art, 1978. ISBN: 9780870704277.

Van Bruggen, Coosje. John Baldessari. New York, NY: Rizzoli, 1990. ISBN: 9780847811823.

[AAS], pp. 60-104 (chapters 3 and 4); and pp. 143-222 (chapters 7 and 8).

Livingstone, Marco. Pop Art: An International Perspective. New York, NY: Rizzoli, 1992. (Skim and consult pictures) ISBN: 9780847814756.
11
'70s pluralism: conceptual art and performance
Required
[MIS], pp. 268-343 (chapter 5).

[AMA], pp. 172-182.

[AAA], pp. 169-224 and 225-240.

[AT], pp. 77-83.

Recommended
Boettger, Suzaan. Earthworks: Art and the Landscape of the Sixties. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2004. ISBN: 9780520241169.

Matilsky, Barbara. Fragile Ecologies. New York, NY: Rizzoli, 1992. ISBN: 9780847815920.

[AAS], chapters 14, 15, and epilogue.

Schimmel, Paul. Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object, 1949-1979. New York, NY: Thames and Hudson, 1998. ISBN: 9780500280508.
12
Process, feminism, identity, and the end of "the mainstream"
Required
[AMA], pp. 183-195.

Lippard, Lucy. Interviews with Eva Hesse and Judy Chicago. Pp. 214-230 in From the Center: Feminist Essays on Women's Art. New York, NY: E.P. Dutton, 1976. ISBN: 9780525474272.

Recommended
Cooper, Helen, et al. Eva Hesse: A Retrospective. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1992. ISBN: 9780894670596.

Jacob, Mary Jane, ed. Gordon Matta-Clark: A Retrospective. Chicago, IL: Museum of Contemporary Art, 1985. ISBN: 9780933856202.

Holloway, Robert. Matta-Clarking. Ebook, 2008.

Jones, Amelia, ed. Sexual Politics: Judy Chicago's 'Dinner Party' in Feminist Art History. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1996. (Read Jones' essay) ISBN: 9780520205666.

[AAA], pp. 240-249.
13
'80s and '90s political art and postmodernism
Required
[AMA], pp. 197-231.

[AT], pp. 63-74; 235-255; and 269-311.

Foster, Hal. "Re: Post." Pp. 175-187 in Art After Modernism: Rethinking Representation. Brian Wallis, ed. New York, NY: New Museum, 1984. ISBN: 9780879236328.

Owens, Craig. "The Discourse of Others: Feminists and Postmodernism." Pp. 166-190 in Beyond Recognition: Representation, Power, and Culture. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1992. ISBN: 9780520077409.

Recommended
Wodiczko, Krzysztof. Critical Vehicals. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1999. ISBN: 9780262731225.

Lippard, Lucy. Mixed Blessings: New Art in a Multicultural America. New York, NY: The New Press, 2000. ISBN: 9781565845732.

Crimp, Douglas, and Adam Rolston. AIDS Demo Graphics. Seattle, WA: Bay Press, 1990. ISBN: 9780941920162.

Robins, Corinne. "Art and Politics." Pp. 37-75 in The Pluralist Era: American Art, 1968-1981. New York, NY: Harper and Row, 1984. ISBN: 9780064301374.

Linker, Kate. Love for Sale: The Words and Pictures of Barbara Kruger. New York, NY: Harry N. Abrams, 1990. ISBN: 9780810912199.
14
'90s installations, politics, and '00s biennial culture
Required
[AMA], pp. 233-251.

Thompson, Nato, and Gregory Sholette. The Interventionists: Users' Manual for the Creative Disruption of Everyday Life. North Adams, MA: MassMoCA, 2006. Skim entire book, read pp. 113-118 (Atlas Group and Critical Art Ensemble). ISBN: 9780262201506.

Carpenter, Ele. Interview with Gregory Sholette and Nato Thopmson. Pp. 111-127 inA Brief History of Working with New Media Art. Sarah Cook, et al., eds. Berlin, Germany: The Green Box, 2010. ISBN: 9783941644212.

Stallabrass, Julian. "New World Order." Pp. 19-49 in Contemporary Art: A Very Short Introduction. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2006. ISBN: 9780192806468.

Abe, Stanley K. "No Questions, No Answers: China and A Book from the Sky." Boundary 225, no. 3 (1998): 169-192.

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How to Apply

Application form including $75.00 application fee to be paid by credit card.
GRE scores   Have your official scores sent from ETS directly to MIT. The institution code is 3514 and our department code is 2703. The exam MUST be taken before December 15, 2015, in order for your application to be reviewed.

For non-native English speakers, either the IELTS (preferred) or TOEFL score is required. Have your official scores sent from either IELTS or ETS directly to MIT. The exam MUST be taken before December 15, 2015, and you must meet the minimum score requirement, in order for your application to be reviewed.

Three letters of recommendation Enter the evaluators’ contact information in this section.  is in your best interest to send the emails out as soon as possible; do not wait to submit the application before sending the emails.  You can later return to this page to see which letters have been submitted.

 

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