Movements in art: Cubism and Futurism
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VB603
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
Central lynchpins of Modernism, Cubism and Futurism revolutionised not just painting, but the entire artistic field. Artists such as Picasso and Braque pushed at the limits of painterly representation, opening its possibilities to interrogate space and time themselves, breaking open the staid canon of Western forms and redefining the very notion of an artwork, through the use of everyday materials.
In the hands of Boccioni, Marinetti and their fellows across Italy, Russia and beyond, Futurism pushed this one step further. Striving to sweep away old and stale conventions, the Futurists sought to remake a new world of speed and machine, conveying the whirling, fragmented and dangerously violent dynamics of modern life.
Explore these pivotal, vibrant and fatally flawed movements as we delve into key works, artists and theories, situating these movements within their historical perspective.
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?
• The emergence of Modern Art and Cubism and Futurism’s place in its development.
• Cubist painting, sculpture and collage.
• Key figures and works from Cubist artists such as Picasso and Braque.
• The arrival of Futurism and its theoretical foundations.
• Key futurist figures and works from Italy, Russia and the UK.
• The social, political and technological context for these movements.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- List five key artists who participated in the Cubist and Futurist movements and Identify important examples of their work.
- Describe at least three key theoretical ideas crucial to the foundation of Cubism and Futurism.
- Analyse key works, both formally and in terms of their historical 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 with short lectures, slides, 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?
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VB604 - Movements in Art: Suprematism and Constructivism
VB142 - Art evolutions: Pop to Post-Internet Art
VB849 - Contemporary Art Concepts
VB845 - Focus On: Art and Maps.
Christopher Collier trained as an artist, before gaining an MA in Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths and a PhD in Art History and Theory from the University of Essex. He has taught at institutions including the University of Essex and Winchester School of Art, as well as presenting internationally at a range of workshops and conferences, including at the ICA, London and CCA, Glasgow. His broad range of interests includes the intersections of art and political economy, art and science, urbanism and cultural theory. He is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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.