Popular Culture & Modernity
Instructor: Professor Sidlauskas
Traditionally, popular culture--ephemeral structures built for festivals and parades, popular prints, albums, and forms of entertainment such as cabaret and puppetry--were understood to be separate from the "fine arts" of painting and sculpture. Modern artists such as David, Blake, Courbet, Manet, Van Gogh, Seurat and Toulouse-Lautrec, deliberately incorporated popular artifacts and practices into their art, and definitively blurred the boundaries between so-called "high" and "low" culture. We will study the interaction of the two, about which much has been written lately, and speculate about how and why this legacy is still a part of our own artistic climate.
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