2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

Sight and Incite: Art and Activism

NEW! Last Updated: 02/25/2009

Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Ann Storey art history, Lori Blewett communications, social studies

Major areas of study include art history, art, social studies and communication.

Class Standing: Sophomores or above; transfer students welcome.

Accepts Spring Enrollment: This program will accept new students Spring Quarter.

Note: This 8-credit program will meet from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on five Saturdays. First class Spring Quarter meets in Sem 2 D1105.

The 20th century saw great changes in artistic expression that paralleled emerging social consciousness. Contemporary social movements continue to be an integral part of much artistic production. This two-quarter program will analyze 20th-century art in relation to the history of social movements and the goals of art activists. We will explore a variety of social justice movements and use theories drawn from both social sciences and art history to understand how art can document social change and function as a tool of social protest and liberation. Students will have the opportunity to do some hands-on art including drawing, linocut printmaking, mask-making and performance art. Students will also work with community-based organizations to create socially-conscious art or to assist with art-related projects.

Winter quarter themes will include American labor and socialist movements, Mexican post-revolutionary art, African-American contribution to WPA art, and the Chicano movement. Spring studies will include African-American and Native American civil rights movements, 2nd and 3rd wave feminism, the peace movement, gay rights and environmental activism.

Credits: 8 per quarter

Enrollment: 50

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in art or art history, social studies, community studies, communications, gender studies and teaching.

Planning Units: Expressive Arts, Society, Politics, Behavior and Change, 8-12 Credit Programs

Program Revisions

Date Revision
December 12th, 2008 Winter quarter class location added.
February 23rd, 2009 Spring quarter class location added.
February 25th, 2009 Spring Quarter enrollment details added.