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ARTH 4202 Art and the Public Sphere Studio Art, Printmaking & Fashion Design Program Fall 2021 Semester SRISA Only - Florence

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ARTH 4202 Art and the Public Sphere

ART 397-71 Art and the Public Sphere Course Overview


CEA Partner Institution: Santa Reparata International School of Art
Location: Florence, Italy
Primary Subject Area: Art History
Instruction in: English
Course Code: ART 397-71 / ARTH 4202
Course Details: Level 300, 400
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 45
Prerequisites: The course is open to all students with a basic knowledge of 20th and 21st century modern and contemporary art history.


The course analyses the historical origins and reasons for twentieth century artistic engagement with the public sphere. Special focus will be placed on the cultural revolutions of the past fifty years by looking at what prompted artists to leave their studios and face an unfamiliar audience. Specific movements such as Feminism, pacifism, anti-war movements in the 1960s, the end of the cold war and Post-colonialism will be studied in depth. The course will additionally look closely at international events like "Culture in Action" (Chicago 1992-1993), public debates, literature such as "New Genre Public Art" by Suzanne Lacy as well as the latest contemporary experiments, practices and projects by world-renowned artists and theorists.

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