IDS216W-000: Visual Culture


January 10, 2017 - April 24, 2017
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
4:00pm - 5:15pm
Hunt, Laura

History of the use of visual images in Western culture. Study of tools necessary to read images, including still and moving images, performance, and display.

IDS 216W : An Introduction to Visual Culture in the 20th Century

As an introduction to the rapidly expanding, trans-disciplinary field of Visual Studies, this course will offer instruction in the theory and analysis in the arts of painting, architecture, theater, and film. It will also explore the visual culture of everyday life, from advertising and fashion to popular culture and social media. This course will be situated primarily around the notion of visual culture as a means of social or political transformation, and the generation of new visual forms as a revolutionary strategy. From avant-garde movements in Europe and Russia such as Futurism or Constructivism, through the advent of punk rock and popular counter-culture, we will examine a number of artistic, political, and philosophical texts and images from throughout the 20th century, and will critically analyze programs of visual production, taking into account relevant contextual and historical factors. Students will be encouraged to think creatively about the function of visual imagery, and its potential to shape our individual and cultural identities.

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