ARTH 100
Art & Mass Media: Theories & Practices, Late 18th to Early 20th Centuries
Instructor: Professor Iskin
M 3-6

Course Description

The nineteenth century saw the emergence of new mass-media images that radically changed image-making, launched photography, modern advertising and early film, and reshaped ways of looking at images and experiencing time in ways that continue to resonate today. This seminar introduces students to interdisciplinary approaches to art, images, media, new technologies, and exhibiting art in museums. It includes critical analysis
of paintings focusing for example on how Manet, Degas and Seurat represented mass culture entertainment of the Cafe Concert in the late nineteenth-century, and how in the early twentieth-century, Cubist and Dada artists incorporated newspapers and advertising into their art. The seminar discusses diverse images of mass media including advertising; photography and color lithography, and forms of mass-media entertainment of panoramas
and early film. We will discuss these issues: How do we understand the interrelationships of art and mass media? How do colonialism, race, class, and gender figure in art and mass media images of modernity? How do art, media images, and the social practices of looking associated with them, shape modern viewers
and their experiences of time? The seminar will introduce participants to theories and scholarship in art history and in diverse disciplines which contribute to studying art, media, and visual culture.

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