ARHI134 PO - Latin American Avant-Gardes
When Offered: Offered alternate years
Instructor(s): R. Romero
This course examines avant-garde movements in Latin America during the twentieth century. Focus will be given to the vanguard movements of Muralism and Estridentismo (Mexico), Grupo dos Cinco (Brazil), Creacionismo (Chile), Indigenismo (Peru), and Ultraismo (Argentina) in the early part of the century, and to the second-generation of neo avant-gardes of the 1950s to the 1970s. We will explore how and why avant-garde artists engaged with nation-building programs, valorized Amerindian and Afro-descendent cultures, and challenged colonial notions of race and gender. We will also discuss historical and contemporary debates about the political and social role of the avant-garde, especially artists’ ties to their literary counterparts and to political radicals. We will investigate works in a range of artistic media (painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, conceptual, installation, and performance art) alongside artist statements, manifestos, and classic theories of the avant-garde. Letter grade only.
Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
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