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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARTF1046 A Story of Art 2

20 creditsClass Size: 250

Module manager: Griselda Pollock
Email: g.f.s.pollock@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

This module is mutually exclusive with

DESN1443Contemporary Art 1A
DESN1444Contemporary Art 1B

Module replaces

ARTF1007 A Story of Art 3 and ARTF1008 A Story of Art 4

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

Contact email: k.a.c.bristol@leeds.ac.ukThis module introduces key works of nineteenth century European culture through which 'modernism' emerged as a result of revolutionary and socio-economic change. It also introduces debates about how to read the emergence of modern painting in the changing conditions of modernity. Framed by the French Revolution and the rise of the museum and the city, lectures will pose questions about race, class, gender and debates about art history. The second half of the module introduces the development of 'Modernist' and 'Postmodernist' art and visual culture in Europe and the USA from c.1907 to the present. It examines the importance of Cezanne, Picasso and 'Cubism' and 'Abstract Expressionism'. The module will also consider how the grand narrative of 'modernism' was forced to give way to new ways of thinking and the appropriation of new media such as film, video, digital technology, that became readily available to artists during the late twentieth century. The module concludes with a consideration of the cultural logic of late capitalism and its effects on 'postmodern' art, architecture' and art history.Assessment: 1 x 1500 word essay (100%) and submission of 10 x 300 word essays (pass/fail basis only)

Objectives

On completion of this module students should be able to identify the salient visual and ideological characteristics of the art and artists studied; explain in basic terms the geographically, historically, and culturally specific circumstances of production and use of the art studied; identify and utilise some of the different ways of researching and writing art history and begun to look critically at the various ideas of what art is, what it is made for and why, what an artist is, and what art history might be.

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 introduces students to some of the key works of nineteenth century European culture through which 'modernism' emerged as a result of revolutionary and socio-economic change. Students are also introduced to debates among art historians about how to read the emergence of modern painting in the changing conditions of modernity. Framed by the impact of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic era, and by the rise of the museum and the city, lectures will pose critical questions about race, class and gender in nineteenth century culture and the debates about art history. The second half of the module introduces students to key moments in the development of 'Modernist' and 'Postmodernist' art and visual culture in Europe and the USA from about 1907 to the present. It examines the importance of Cezanne, Picasso and 'Cubism' in Europe, and 'Abstract Expressionism' in America. The module will also consider how the grand narrative of 'modernism' was forced to give way to new ways of thinking and the appropriation of new media such as film, video, digital technology, that became readily available to artists during the late twentieth century. The module concludes with a consideration of the cultural logic of late capitalism and its effects on 'postmodern' art, architecture and art history.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture102.0020.00
Tutorial101.0010.00
Private study hours170.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

170 hours - reading, lecture and seminar preparation, essay research and writing

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Attendance, participation in seminar discussions, completion of 10 X 300 word essays (1 per week)

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 1,500 word essay100.00
EssaySubmission of 10 x 300 word essay (pass/fail)0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Students are also required to submit of 10 X 300 word essays (pass/fail basis only) at their weekly tutorials.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/03/2009

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