Themes in Contemporary Postmodern Art

Paul Ivey
FRIDAYS 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
October 30 - December 4, 2015. No class on November 27, 2015.
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Themes in Contemporary Postmodern Art

Fall 2015
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9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
October 30 - December 4, 2015. No class on November 27, 2015.


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This five-week course examines concepts that have become increasingly relevant to contemporary artists working in a variety of media over the past 50 years. It concentrates on more recent art, understood against the backdrop of modern art movements. In this class we will look at some of the broader theories, practices, and institutions that have emerged in the contemporary art world. Subjects include aura, the digital, photography, monumental and unmonumental sculpture, new image painting, time, science, the environment, personal and cultural identity, religion and spirituality, memorialization, relational aesthetics, the museum, and festivalism. The course will be more thematic than chronological, and will cover art and artists in the emerging and changing global art market of today.

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School of Art

PAUL IVEY, a winner of three Humanities Seminar Superior Teaching Awards, teaches modern and contemporary art in the School of Art at the University of Arizona. He is also a recent recipient of the James Anthony Award for Sustained Teaching Excellence from the College of Fine Arts. His research interests include the built environments of alternative American religions and spirituality in contemporary art. His most recent book is Radiance from Halcyon, A Utopian Experiment in Religion and Science (2013), a revealing history of a surprisingly influential theosophical utopian community.


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