2 Lehrveranstaltungen der Terra Foundation for American Art am Kennedy-Institut im SoSe 2020

News vom 03.12.2019

Zwischen der Terra Foundation for American Art und den drei Instituten (Kennedy-Institut, KHI der FU und IKB der HU) gibt es einen Vertrag über 6 Gastprofessuren (über 6 Jahre hinweg), die am Kennedy-Institut angesiedelt sind.

Im SoSe 2020 wird Gastprofessor Joshua Shannon zwei Lehrveranstaltungen anbieten, die sich an Bachelor- und  an Masterstudierende Kunstgeschichte richten und im BA und im MA Kunstgeschichte buchbar sind.
Interessierte Studierende wenden sich bitte direkt an Frau Regina Wenzel (culture@jfki.fu-berlin.de).


BA

The Human Being in Contemporary American Art

(course number: 32101)

Wednesdays 10 a.m. – noon, Kennedy Institute (Lansstr. 7-9, 14195 Berlin) room 319; first session on April 22, 2020.

This course offers an overview of innovations in American art since 1950, while specifically asking how this art has represented what a human being is, or could be. Thus, we will consider a range of ideas about the human that contemporary American art has proposed or played with: individualism, collectivity, heroism, modesty, dreams of mastery, dreams of merger with nature, etc. Of particular concern will be the fluctuating myth, in American culture in this period, of a universal human condition, as it has confronted identity categories such as gender, race, sexual orientation, and class. We will consider subjects ranging from portraiture and landscape art to abstraction, in media including painting, sculpture, photography, video, installation, and performance. Some meetings will be devoted broadly to movements, others to specific artists. Frequent in-class discussions will complement the lectures. Please register at: culture@jfki.fu-berlin.de with your name, matriculation number, study program, home university (if applicable), zedat email address or email address of home university, and type of exchange program (if applicable).

MA

How to Look at American Art in the Era of Climate Change

(course number: 32115)

Wednesdays 2 – 4 p.m., Kennedy Institute (Lansstr. 7-9, 14195 Berlin) room 319; first session on April 22, 2020

Does the history of American art look different from the era of climate change? This course offers an MA-level overview of visual art in the United States since the Civil War, while specifically asking what relationships this art has represented (or imagined) between human beings and the non-human world. We will seek to identify and critique such evolving concepts in American art as nature, wilderness, civilization, and the human being. Looking especially at paintings, photographs, sculptures, films, and songs that represent the landscape, we will consider the history of these key concepts as they pertain to the sustainability of life on earth. How has art enabled environmental degradation and hastened climate change? How has it modeled a more sustainable set of relationships between the human and the non-human? Readings will cover climate change and ecocriticism as well as art history, while meetings will be devoted primarily to close interpretations of works of art.

Please register at: culture@jfki.fu-berlin.de with your name, matriculation number, study program, home university (if applicable), zedat email address or email address of home university, and type of exchange program (if applicable).

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