Wednesday, January 5, 2011

SMU course descriptions

Modern Forms: A History of Sculpture in the Modern Age
Follow the history of modern art through the sculptural works of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in this five part course.  From its beginnings with the figural works of Auguste Rodin, modern sculpture has developed in parallel with painting, incorporating new themes, working methods and materials into an ever expanding notion of progress and innovation.  Unlike traditional academic works, sculptures by the early moderns were often controversial and considered radical when they were first exhibited, derided by conservative critics and hailed by their supporters, thereby securing the reputations of their creators as either scandalous or avant garde.
The major movements and artists of modernism will be discussed and examined, from the sculptures of Rodin and his contemporaries through the works of the Post Impressionist era, Cubism, Futurism, Dada and Surrealism, Constructivism, Pop, Minimalism, Hyper Realism, Environmental and Earth Works, Conceptual Art and Installation of the late twentieth century.  Explore various media and techniques in the making of sculpture, including both traditional methods of casting and carving, as well as more contemporary procedures of assemblage and construction.  A further relationship between sculptural objects and painting will be explored, as artists blurred distinctions separating the two, or alternately, emphasized and heightened their differences.
Major works by Rodin, Degas, Maillol, Matisse, Picasso, Brancusi, Gabo, Miro, Calder, Hepworth, Moore, Rauschenberg, Johns, David Smith, Serra, and others will be highlighted and placed within their historical and aesthetic context.
Five meetings, including four on campus classroom lectures and a visit to the Dallas Museum of Art and Nasher Sculpture Center to discuss works on view in the galleries.
September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12 (day) 1:30 – 3:00
October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16 (evening) 7:00 – 8:30

























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