As contemporary art continues to evolve and challenge, it finds new ways to engage the viewer. Introduction to Contemporary Art provides you with a roadmap for understanding contemporary art by examining critical works by famous artists of today.
Through lectures and discussions, this course captures contemporary art’s complex trajectory, exploring the central themes, as well as the ideas behind some of the most important works of the past 60 years. By carefully studying the context of contemporary art, you will gain an appreciation of the impact that momentous social, political, and cultural events have had in inspiring dramatic innovation in the arts. At the end of the course, you will have acquired a comfort level with artworks that might have previously seemed challenging or inaccessible.
This will also be a studio based course, which means, besides all the contemporary art theories, you will also work on an art project, which at the end you will create this work and participate in our studio work exhibition.
What you will get out from this course:
- The ability to identify critical works representing key moments in the unfolding of contemporary art.
- The tools for looking at, understanding, and critically assessing contemporary works of art.
- Familiarity and comfort with art that can seem challenging and inaccessible.
- Be able to feel comfortable and confident to create and present your own art work
- Be able to write art statement of your work
Throughout this course you will discover how artists:
-- represent place and take inspiration from their environment,
-- create works of art to express, explore, and question identity,
-- use everyday objects to challenge assumptions about what constitutes a work of art and how it should be made,
-- and respond to the social, cultural, and political issues of their time through works of art. Through the discussion forum prompts and peer review assignment, you will also have the opportunity to connect with other learners and explore how these themes resonate with your own life and experience.
Duration of this course: 2 weeks
About the instructor
Mr. Tingbin Tang has been an interactive design professor at San Jose State University and former director of the design department at China Central Academy of Fine Arts. He’s the current CEO of Nearal and former CEO of Gopackup, Qifang and Peopeo; his artworks have been permanently collected by The Chicago Athenaeum, an International Museum of Architecture and Design, and have won him numerous international design awards. His work has been reported by Time Magazine, CNN, ABC news, and many other media and press. As a world famous artist and designer, he will guide you to explore new media and new forms of art.