New course on Activist Art (AM 297 / AR 397)
The American Studies Program and Art Department are offering a new course on Activist Art. The course focuses on notable developments in activist art from the 18th century to the present, highlighting the relationships between geographically diverse movements – from The Black Panther newspaper’s powerful political graphics to rabble-rousing anti-nuclear activism in Japan. We look at the role of art in social movements, while considering the contexts from which these movements emerged in relation to transnational social, environmental, and economic concerns. The class looks at different activist tactics and forms each week, such as protest walks, grassroots counter-surveillance, and political printmaking, providing students with the tools to analyze how the visuality of activism has developed over time. Classes will take a hybrid form, combining mini-lectures and discussions with workshop-style practical exercises and presentations. Students will create a final activist art project.
There are no prerequisites for this course. Please contact Professor Hickey (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.