Course Descriptions & Syllabi

383 Twentieth-Century Photography

Course Description

Prerequisites: 01:082:105, 106 or permission from the instructor.

Overview of the social, cultural, and art history of photography from 1900-2000

Beginning with Kodak’s Brownie camera—the first camera introduced to the masses— and ending with the iPhone—the camera most people carry in their pockets, this course will survey some of the key artists, applications, and debates of photography throughout the 20th century. The course will have a particular focus upon photography of the United States. Moving chronologically, we will consider amateur and professional photographs, artistic movements, socially concerned documentary photography, and news coverage. We will explore the impact of both World Wars and the Vietnam war upon culture and photographic styles, as well as intersections between modern painting, sculpture, and photography. The collecting practices and exhibitions of the Museum of Modern Art from the 1940s through the 1970s provide an entry to key debates about the medium’s place in the museum and the art market. Works by the Pictures Generation will explore the impact of Marxist and feminist thought upon artists using the medium of photography. In the final part of the course, we will consider YouTube, Instagram, and fashion magazines as sites for artists to explore contemporary issues of representation, identity, race, and gender.

Grading

  • Weekly Essays: 45%
  • Weekly Quizzes: 10% “
  • Class Participation” Discussion Board: 5%
  • 3-Page Response Essay: 15%
  • Final Exam: 25% Weekly

Course Materials 

TBD

Course Instructor

TBD

FALL 2020

SUMMER 2020 : Kathleen Booher Sample: Syllabus 383 B1  Booher

Syllabus: The  syllabus will be available on the Learning Management System (Sakai/Canvas) as of first day of class                

DISCLAIMER: The Course Synopses pages have been provided as samples and the information should not be considered accurate or current. For actual course information, refer to the course site hosted by a Rutgers Learning Management System (Sakai/ Canvas, etc.) first day of class.

Contact

Susan Sidlauskas, Chairperson

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Carla Yanni, Undergraduate Director

Tamara Sears, Graduate Program Director

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