UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

HART2222 Contemporary Art

Credit 6 points
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AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2017UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the History of Art major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 2 elective
Content This unit looks at some of the central debates within the discourses over contemporary art, investigating both these debates and the art that it describes. Contemporary art is a term used to describe artworks made around the world since the 1960s. It is a utopian term as it aims to include all kinds of art produced in these times, and yet some of the art of this period has been more prominent than others. The unit goes on to investigate some of the power relationships at work within the institutional structures of contemporary art production and display, looking at some of the major actors (curators, museums, patrons and others) who have enabled artists to become successful in the late-twentieth century. The unit aims to bring students the ability to recognise and discuss contemporary art, and to address the central contentions that contemporary art presents for art history. It assesses the relativity of the value systems that produce art history, and the relationship of art history's narratives to a period of art production that is defined as post-historical, postmodern and post-gender. It gives students a crucial grounding in the thinking, actors and relationships for art produced in our own time, understandings that graduates seeking employment in the art world today will require.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) identify historical and cultural contexts of contemporary art; (2) analyse some key theoretical and historical moments in the development of the discourses around contemporary art; (3) investigate some issues of display, dissemination and museology that relate to contemporary art; (4) synthesise works of contemporary art into broader art historical discourses; (5) make arguments relating to contemporary art; and (6) apply art historical methodologies in relation to works of contemporary art.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) short essay; (2) long essay; and (3) tutorial presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Darren Jorgensen
Unit rules
Prerequisites: HART1000 Great Moments in Art (previously VISA1000) or HART1001 Art, Technology and Society (previously VISA1001) or HART1003 Ways of Seeing: Themes and Theories in Art
Incompatibility: VISA2222 Contemporary Art
Contact hours lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week
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