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Course Name: History of Modern Art
Course Number: AHIS 6
Course Objectives:
  • Students will be able to identify through analysis the role of visual art and culture (religious, political, economic, social, educational, etc.) in art and and cultures.
  • Students will be able to identify formal elements and differentiate styles among cultures over time.
  • Identify works of art, their artistic style and their socio-political and cultural context.
  • Know the various aesthetic criteria by which Modern and Post-Modern art has been evaluated and discuss them in their cultural context.
  • Apply the proper artistic vocabulary in order to describe and analyze works of art.
  • Analyze the influence of photography on the emergence of Modern art.
  • Analyze the two basic movements in Modern art (abstraction and expressionism) and demonstrate an ability to apply this knowledge to various artists/artwork and cultural trends from the Early Modern period through WWII.
  • Analyze works of art in terms of knowledge acquired through class lecture and discussion, readings and comparison with other works of art.
  • Summarize and evaluate the strength of various hypotheses presented in scholarly writings on Western art.
  • Synthesize ideas and knowledge into a written format, striving for clarity of expression,
  • Evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of some of the various approaches used in the study and interpretation of Modern and Post-Modern art.