Conceptual Art and Cultural Change
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Conceptual art was born against the backdrop of social and cultural revolution. Challenging preconceived notions of what "art" is, conceptual art may take the form of painting, sculpture, installation, performance, photography, video, drawing, text, or any combination of the above. For the viewer, its strength consists in the visualization of social justice issues, the questioning of historical truths, the challenge to mainstream politics, and the upheavel of standard notions of beauty and its necessity. This course explores various forms of conceptual art practices from a global perspective, with an emphasis on their relationship to social, political, and cultural change. Though initially grounded in historical research and analysis, the course ultimately aims to enable students to discover and engage conceptual art as it exists in the present, both as a method for the critique of normative society, and as a vehicle for imagining more desirable futures.