Course Title:  01:082:361  Russian and Soviet Avant-Gardes

Academic Credits:  3 credits

Mode of Instruction:  Lecture

Course Prerequisites and Corequisites:  None

Core Curriculum: None

Course Description:

Avant-Garde art in Russia and the Soviet Union, 1905 through the perestroika period.

How and under what circumstances can art be revolutionary—what does it mean to be “avant-garde”? This course is a survey of art practices that sought to redefine those terms, and the specific historical conditions that made them meaningful. We will focus on artists who radically disrupted, and, critics often argued, precipitated the Russian revolutions of 1905 and 1917. We will also consider how those principles or ideals survived, were deliberately revived or questioned into the 1930s and beyond. The course surveys art and architecture created during the course of the entire 20th century through the 1991 dissolution of the Soviet Union, including work produced in several of the Baltic, as well as Central Asian Republics, and the Caucasus, to consider strategies of self-identification that emerged there in light of this shared (?) revolutionary agenda.

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All readings are in English; the course will have 2 short writing assignments, a longer paper on a topic of your choice, and a take home final exam.




Fall, 2021 - Jane Sharp  Syllabus

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