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Instructor Info:Wilson Valentin-Escobar
Office Extension x5102
TA Info:Aaron Richmond-Havel
Term: 2013S
Meeting Info: Wednesday
01:00 PM - 03:50 PM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 107
Description: In this interdisciplinary course, we explore how artists have historically responded to the call for social change. We will investigate how art and activism come together around a variety of themes and issues, such as artistic citizenship, feminist art, public art, art and the role of art in social movements, the avant-garde, the role of artistic institutions, how artists invoke new social imaginations, the role of artists in cultivating social change, the relationship between art and new or alternative public sphere(s), the tensions between the socially "real" and the "imaginary," political art vs. activist art, and the impact of artistic expressions and movements in transforming collective mentalities or consciousness. While a close analysis of various art texts and practices may occur throughout the semester, the course largely centers on the multi-dimensional social processes that constitute the production and reception of artistic practices and objects.