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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARTF2003 The New York School

20 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Dr Joanne Crawford
Email: j.s.crawford@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

At least 20 credits of level 1 ARTF modules

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The New York School module aims to examine aspects of the shift of the metropolitan centre of the avant garde from Paris to New York at the end of the 1930s, the art and art criticism associated with it, and the ways that art and art criticism was developed, contradicted and transcended in the post war period 1947-1958/9. Artists considered will include Pollock, Rauschenberg, Johns, Louis, Noland, Kaprow, Stella, Rothko, Barnett- Newman, Reinhardt, Frankenthaler, amongst others. The idea of the Cold War, contemporary politics, formalist theory and contemporary debates on the nature of 'American Art' will provide the context for the understanding of the practices and reception of such artists.

Objectives

On completion of this module, students will be able to understand and analyse the critical themes and issues which follow through Modernist art practices and criticisms into those of postmodernism.

Students will also comprehend the wider social, cultural and historical contexts within which such criticisms and practices took place and developed.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to -
- Demonstrate the ability to analyse works of art, specifically those produced by the artists working under the art historical grouping of the ‘New York School’.
- Demonstrate the understanding of the wider social, cultural and historical contexts, specifically the Cold War
- Demonstrate the understanding of the criticisms of art as published and debated during the time period, specifically those of Greenberg and Rosenberg.
- Demonstrate the understanding of Modernism and Postmodernism as critical forms of analysis.

Skills outcomes
- Verbal and written fluency in constructing a logical and coherent argument
- Use of audio visual aids
- Participation in group discussions
- Co-ordination and dissemination of a range of historical, contextual visual information
- Using bibliographies and databases.


Syllabus

This module examines certain aspects of the shift of the metropolitan centre of the avant-garder from Paris to New York at the end of the 1930s, the art and art criticism associated with it, and the ways that art and art criticism was developed, contradicted and transcended in the second half of the twentieth century in the transition from Modernism to Postmodernism.

The work of Pollock, Rauschenberg, Johns, Louis, Noland, Stella, Kaprow, Rothko, Barnett- Newman, Reinhardt, Frankenthaler, amongst others, will be considered in depth in order to facilitate the student's understanding of the corrolation between the understanding and appreciating of Modern art and the wider social, political and economic contexts within which such work was produced.

Following on from this, students will be encouraged to critically appraise and articulate the connections, contradictions and continuations between the Modernist art criticisms and practices associated with the New York School, and those of the Postmodernist artists and theorists.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture101.0010.00
Seminar101.0010.00
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

180 hours - class/essay/presentation/exam preparation and further reading.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will have mid-semester assessment, to be handed in during week 6. Feedback for this will be given in week 9.
Participation in seminars.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1500-2000 word essay40.00
Essay2800-3200 word essay or critical exercise60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/03/2018

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