Women in modern and contemporary art
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: VB840
Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
What is the course about?
We start this 10-session art history course by looking at the works of women avant-garde artists from such movements as Cubo-Futurism, Suprematism, Constructivism, Dadaism and Surrealism. Post-WWII art will include Abstract Expressionism, body and performance art of the 1960s and 1970s, and the feminist art movement. Works examined will encompass diverse media from painting, sculpture and photography to video and conceptual art, and installation.
Rather than being a comprehensive survey of modern and contemporary women artists, the focus of the sessions will be thematic. Themes include: women and the avant-garde, representations of femininity, body art and feminist art, photographic self-portraiture, and women artists and new technologies. The course is structured around lectures and class discussions exploring the relevant themes, and how historical changes are reflected in the examined artworks.
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?
• Painting, sculpture, photography, installations, performance and moving image works by women artists early twentieth century onwards.
• Artists such as Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Hannah Höch, Sonia Delaunay, Alexandra Ekster, Liubov Popova, Claude Cahun, Dorothea Tanning, Maya Deren, Niki de Saint Phalle, Carolee Schneemann, Hannah Wilke, Yayoi Kusama, Valie Export, Ana Mendieta, Judy Chicago, Barbara Kruger, Francesca Woodman, Cindy Sherman, Dara Birnbaum, Guerrilla Girls and Pipilotti Rist.
• The social, political and cultural context in which these works were created, and the impact of women’s intervention on the development of art movements or the use of new media.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Demonstrate improved visual analysis skills and an ability to situate the key works of art discussed in a broader cultural context.
• Name at least three avant-garde artists and three contemporary artists, and describe their works.
• Evaluate the political and cultural relevance of the artworks under consideration.
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, handouts and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
Warning: This course contains some visual material that is explicit and may be considered disturbing.
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?
There are no other costs, but you are advised to bring a notebook to the classes. You may like to purchase some of the books suggested on handouts during the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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VB536 - Feminism in modern and contemporary art
VB889 - Art and critical theory: feminism, post-colonialism and the death of the artist.
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.