2024 History of Art & Visual Culture Summer Courses


    Ghosts, Haunting, Memory, and Erasure in the Films of Asia (5 credits)

  • HAVC 28 [Online]*

    Session 2

    Explores the theme of memory, haunting, ghosts and the politics of erasure and remembrance in films made by Asian filmmakers and contemporary artists in Asia. Examines the intersecting themes of haunting, memory, and ghosts and how selected filmmakers and visual artists in Asia go about framing and unframing this topic in their work. The goal of the course is to see, through a comparative lens, how these selected filmmakers and artists treat the topic of specter and the politics of memory and erasure in their respective films from a national and transnational perspective.

    General Education Code CC
    Proposed Instructor: Evelyn Char

    *Pending CCI Approval


  • Contemporary Art of Africa (5 credits)

  • HAVC 117 [Online]*

    Session 1

    Examines contemporary arts in post-colonial Africa, 1960-present, including new popular cultural forms; arts resulting from new class and national structures; commodification of culture; Pan-Africanism; exhibitionism; and questions of destiny.

    General Education Code IM
    Proposed Instructor: Aaron Samuel Mulenga

    *Pending CCI Approval

  • Modern Art: Pop to Present (5 credits)

  • HAVC 141C [Online]*

    Session 2

    Surveys the art forms and critical ideas that have shaped artistic practice from the 1950s to the present, including an overview of the socio-political, economic, and cultural forces that inspire artists to articulate human experience in visual form. Examines how popular culture in the post-war United States became intertwined with visual art, forming into the artistic genre known as Pop Art. This important aesthetic shift challenged the political, ideological, and representational value systems that inform our understanding of so-called "high art."

    General Education Code IM
    Proposed Instructor: Jeppe Ugelvig

    *Pending CCI Approval

  • Activist Art Since 1960: Art, Technology, Activism (5 credits)

  • HAVC 141K [Online]*

    Session 1

    Students explore art and technology produced for social change since 1960 within the context of major historical ruptures, such as the Vietnam War, the women's movement, environmental protection, AIDS activism, anti-capitalist, and international human rights movements.

    General Education Code IM
    Proposed Instructor: Madalen Benson

    *Pending CCI Approval