Focus on: the body in 20th century art
Time: 11:30 - 13:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VB639
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
In this weekend course, we explore the representation of body and body-related practices in art. Our initial focus will be on the selected pieces by avant-garde artists from movements such as Futurism, Constructivism, Dadaism and Surrealism, moving to body, performance and video art of the 1960s and 1970s. We will study works in diverse media from painting, sculpture and photography to video installation. Finally, we will discuss recent artworks questioning the bodily limits. We will delve into concepts underlying bodily references in these diverse practices, and the role of body imagery in constructing identities.
Some of the artists that we will look at include Umberto Boccioni, Hannah Höch, Liubov Popova, Claude Cahun, Hans Bellmer, Joseph Beuys, Carolee Schneemann, Ana Mendieta, Vito Acconci, Bruce Naumann, Mona Hatoum and Pipilotti Rist.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• Representation or artistic usage of body/body-related practice (painting, sculpture, photography, installation, performance, and moving image) from the avant-garde movements through to the performance art of 1960s and 1970s to most recent art.
• A range of political and philosophical issues concerning the use of body in art.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Describe at least three works by avant-garde artists, performance artists and/or most recent artists that focuses on the body.
• Discuss at least two examples of the political relevance of artworks dealing with the representation of the body or body-related practices.
• Demonstrate improved visual analysis skills and an ability to situate the key works of art discussed in a broader cultural context.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught online with slide presentations and group discussions. Handouts will be provided by your tutor to support your learning on the course; these handouts will be available online/digitally for download, not printed out for you.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might wish to purchase a notebook for taking notes. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list provided.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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VB727 German Art from the 1960s.
Irina Chkhaidze completed her PhD in Art History at University College London. Prior to this, she studied Liberal Arts and gained an MA in Humanities in Germany. Irina has published articles on contemporary art, theories of posthumanism and human-animal relations. She has taught gallery-based courses at UCL, covering 19th to 21st century art. Currently, Irina also lectures on philosophy and social theory at Leeds Beckett University, and teaches on Critical Studies programme at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.