Body Politics in Art Since 1945
This elective will examine the multiple and dynamic ways in which art since the Second World War has constructed understandings of the body. Over the course of the semester, we will meet a strange and motley assortment of bodies: the diseased body, the heroic body, the queer body, the abject body, the body-as-machine. Not primarily concerned with images of the human figure—although they will certainly make appearances from time to time—the course will instead ask, “How does art think the body? What kind of body made this work? What kind of body does this work address as spectator.
Course Code: HTA 341