Twentieth Century Art / Art Since 1900, ART 3130

This Twentieth Century Art / Art Since 1900 class surveys the major achievements in Western art and architecture of the 20th and 21st centuries. Slide lectures and videos are presented to place the art into historical and cultural context.

History of Modern Art, fifth edition, by H. H. Arnason. This textbook is only available at the TTU bookstore during the semester that the class is taught.

Chapters covered:
5. Art Nouveau and the Beginnings of Impressionism.

6. The Origins of Modern Sculpture.
7. Fauvism.
8. Expressionism in Germany.
9. The Figurative Tradition in Early Twentieth-Century Sculpture.
10. Cubism.
11. Futurism, Abstraction in Russia, and de Stijl.
12. Early Twentieth-Century Architecture.
13. From Fantasy to Dada and the New Objectivity.
14. The School of Paris after World War I.
15. Surrealism.
16. Modern Architecture Between the Wars.
17. International Abstraction Between the Wars.
18. American Art Before World War II.
19. Abstract Expressionism and the New American Art.
20. Postwar European Art.
21. Pop Art and Europe's New Realism.
22. Sixties Abstraction.
23. The Second Wave of International Style Architecture.
24. The Pluralistic Seventies.
25. Postmodernism in Architecture.
26. The Retrospective Eighties.
27. Resistance and Resolution.

Tests: Three tests will be given. Each test will count for 1/3 of the final grade. Each test will cover new material (from lectures and the required text), but you are expected to remember pertinent information from previous sections. Tests will consist of slide identification, multiple choice, and comparative essays. Make-up tests will be given only for excused absences. You should notify the instructor before the test is given. A zero will be assigned for any test missed and not made up.

Optional Paper: A paper with a thesis, title page, 5 pages of text, and a bibliography about an approved "modern art" topic will add up to 20 points to the final grade. 

Grades: A is 100-90; B is 89-80; C is 79-70; D is 69-60; and F is below 60.

Attendance Policy: Students are expected to attend all classes. 

Accommodations for special needs for students with disabilities are coordinated through the Office of Disability Services. Please contact their office at 372-6119 if you need assistance.


Good art history links:

Link to Dr. Carol Ventura's Home Page