School of Consciousness and Transformation MFA 7179 3.00

What role does contemporary art play as catalyst and provocateur? Conservative political moments are often coincident with moments of radical cultural production, as artists stake out a place for resistance and possibility. In this class we’ll look past and present at everything from street theater to poster making to performative acts of civil disobedience. Building on the foundation of the Movements and Frameworks course, we’ll explore contemporary cultural history with a particular focus on art and resistance. Both in and out of the studio, artists are destabilizing outmoded representational vocabularies, rethinking the human relationship with our environment, and collaborating with those outside the arts to propose innovative solutions to lived challenges. We’ll take up this exploration in dialogue with local artists and activists, informing the present with historical context, and bridging theory and practice. Priority to MFA students

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