Friday lates: Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kara Walker - representing history
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VB881
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
Much has been written about Kara Walker and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s art in relation to cultural history and race. This brief introduction to the work of Walker and Basquiat will discuss their symbolism and storytelling as well as their relationship to visual cultural, but it will also focus on their references to historical artworks and how they place themselves within the canon of Western art history.
We will learn how Walker and Basquiat’s subtle, yet expert knowledge of art history from Ancient Egypt to Leonardo da Vinci, Théodore Géricault to Jackson Pollock connects the past to the reality of our contemporary moment.
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?
• A brief introduction to the art of Kara Walker and Jean-Michel Basquiat
• How their visual language relates to visual cultures of race and identity
• How the artists use art historical references to connect their work to the history of artistic expression.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Describe, in general, the style of each artist
• Discuss at least one historical reference important to each artist
• Discuss, in general, how their work relates to issues of race and cultural identity.
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 with slide presentations and group discussions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might wish to bring a notebook. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list given out in class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Our Friday Lates series runs in the autumn and spring terms - search 'Friday lates' to find more…
You might also be interested in:
VB154 - Introduction to Tate Modern
VB309 - An extended history of modern art in 50 objects
VB683 - Movements in Art: Pop and Minimalism.
Sarah Jaffray holds a BA and MA in Art History with an emphasis in 19th/20th century France and a minor in the Italian Renaissance. She holds a second MA in Cultural Theory from Goldsmiths, University of London. Sarah was a lecturer for several colleges and universities in the Los Angeles area before relocating to London in 2012. She has worked in curatorial roles at the British Museum and Wellcome Collection. In addition to her current teaching at City Lit, Sarah is a lecturer at the University of Arts London and the Tutor Coordinator for City Lit's Art History programme. Her art historical practice focuses on experimental narratives, artistic process, art pedagogy, politics and philosophy. Sarah's current research is focused on translation and empathy.
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.