Syllabus
Art 1 - Contemporary Art: 1945 to Present
 
Walton Ford, Grand Tour. 2000
Spring 2014
Monday & Wednesday 2 - 3:20 pm
section 76890
Instructor: Denise Johnson
Student Consultation Hours: by appointment in CAA 302
Mailbox: CAA 302
Voice mail: 909 652 - 7867
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Course Description

This course will explore the history of contemporary art from WWII to the present day. We will trace modernism’s provocative experiments with form and examine the collapse of this discourse art historians now call postmodernism. Visual language and art terminology will be used to examine artworks from a wide assortment of historic, social, political and personal contexts. Students will develop a critical perspective that is meaningfully articulated through writing along with a general level of knowledge and appreciation for modern and contemporary art and its practice. Art 1 is an essential introduction to contemporary art for studio art, graphic design, photography, and art history majors.

 
Student Learning Outcomes
 
Upon successful completion of this course (Grade C or better), you should be able to demonstrate:
 
    • a broader knowledge of key artworks and architecture in their historical context
    • an improved comprehension of relevant art historical terms and analysis
    • an understanding and appreciation for individual, social, and cultural diversity through the visual arts

 

 

 

 

 

Course Materials
Required Text
Arnason, H.H. and Elizabeth C. Mansfield eds. History of Modern Art. Seventh Ed. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2010. (On reserve at the Chaffey College Library RES 700 JOH6)

Art 1 Textbook
   
 

 

 

 

 

Recommended Texts
 

Atkins, Robert. ArtSpeak: A Guide to Contemporary Ideas, Movements, and Buzzwords, 1945 to the Present. Second edition. New York: Abbeville Press, 1997.

Artspeak

 

 

 

 

 

Osborne, Richard and Dan Sturgis. Art Theory for Beginners. Hanover, New Hampshire: Steerforth Press, 2009.

 

Art Theory for Beginners

 

 

 

 

 

Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Seventh ed. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2009. (Chaffey Library 808.02 G43)
MLA Handbook
 

 

 

 

 

 

Instructional Websites

This course will be taught from the instructional website: www.theslideprojector.com. Lecture presentations, assignments, and other course materials will be available to students at this site, and you will need to access it regularly.  Please let the instructor know if you do not have internet access.

 

Various course materials will be available on the course moodle site at moodle2.chaffey.edu/. Registered students will use moodle to take online quizzes, review their current grade, utilize a discussion board, and access other materials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important Dates
 
Add Deadline
The deadline to add this course with an instructor's add code is January 21.
   
Drop Deadline
Students wishing to drop the course, must do so via MyChaffey View by January 27 for a refund, by January 28 without record, or by April 9 with a "W" grade.
   
Submission Deadline
All coursework must be submitted by the last day of lecture. NO COURSE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER 3:20 PM ON May 13!!
   
Grades
Grades will be available online by May 30.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grades

There are 500 points possible in this class. Fifty-Two percent of your grade will be earned by writing a Research Paper, 18% by writing “Daily Questions” and Learning Community questions, 20% by taking online quizzes, and 10% with two activity reports.

Students are strongly encouraged to keep track of earned points on the grade table included on page 12 of the printable syllabus. If requesting an appointment to review your grade, you will be asked to bring the grade table with your earned points recorded to the meeting.

 

Grading Scale
A
  100 - 90% 500 - 448 points  
   
A+
  500 - 487
   
A
  486 - 468
   
A-
  467 - 448
B
  89 - 80% 447 - 398  
   
B+
  447 - 433
   
B
  432 - 418
   
B-
  417 - 398
C
  79 - 70% 397 - 348  
   
C+
  397 - 373
   
C
  372 -348
D
  69 - 60% 347 - 298  
   
D+
  347 - 333
   
D
  332 - 318
   
D-
  317 - 298
 
F
  59% - or less 297 - 0 points  

 

 

 

 
 
Study Time
Students should plan on spending two to three hours reading, fulfilling assignments and studying for this class for every hour spent in the classroom. That's 96 to 144 hours of Photo 1 study time you should plan for during this semester!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coursework
   
 
Research Paper - (5 X 25) + (5 + 15 + 15) + 100 points = 260 points, 52%
 

Students are required to write a Research Paper that adequately covers a topic relevant to this course. The paper should reflect extensive research while considering at least three different works of art using no less than two art historical methods. The paper must follow MLA guidelines, and cite at least four different, credible sources of information originating in print. To organize and manage the various elements of the paper, students will be required to submit five Methodology Matrixes each worth 25 points, a Topic Report worth 5 points, and a Source Report and Paper Plan each worth 15 points. The final paper will be worth a maximum of 100 points.

   
  Learning Communities - (2 X 25) + (4 X 10) = 90 points, 18% of grade
 

Students are required to submit two questions related to each lecture discussion and reading, each class date, for 25 classes. Each “Daily Question” will be worth 1 point, and will be compiled and redistributed amongst Learning Communities on community meeting dates.

In preparation for quizzes, Learning Communities will review an assortment of given questions, find questions on assigned topics, and refine those questions for inclusion on the upcoming quiz. Communities will submit ten improved questions, each worth ten points, during four meetings over the semester.

   
 
Quizzes - (3 X 30) - lowest score + 40 points = 100 points, 20% of grade
 

Students will submit three 30 point quizzes via Moodle. Quiz questions will derive from Learning Communities and will be made available on Saturdays. Quizzes must be submitted by 11:59 pm on the date due. The lowest quiz score will be dropped.

A mandatory, comprehensive final quiz, taken before final appointments, will be worth 40 points.

   
 
Activity Reports - 25 + 25 points = 50 points, 10% of grade
 
Students will be asked to submit two Activity Reports aiming to connect course content within the art community at large. The Exhibition Report, requires students to view an exhibition held at an off-campus art venue during the current semester, while the Event Report requires students to attend an on-campus event relating to modern or contemporary art. Each report is worth 25 points.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class Schedule and Required Reading

Please complete and be prepared to discuss the assigned readings before the date they are presented in class. This is a tentative schedule, and may be changed according to the needs of the class.


Date


Discussion Topic


Sixth ed.


Seventh ed.


Assignment Due
January 14
Introduction
 
January 16
Art Historical Methods
Approaches to Art
 
 
January 21
The Modern Avant-Garde
Chapters 15 & 16
Chapter 15
 
January 23
American Art Before WWII
Topic Report
 
January 28
European Emigres
Pages 403 - 409
 
January 30
New York Becomes the Center
Pages 410 - 419
Chapter 16
Methodology Matrix 1
 
February 4
The Greatest Living Painter?
Is he the greatest living painter?
 
February 6
Learning Community 1
 
February 11
Existential Angst
Pages 419 - 428
Quiz 1
February 13
Postwar European Art
Pages 439 - 471
Chapter 17
 
 
February 18
Prowling in the Wilderness
Context pg 588
Pages 456 - 474
 
February 20
The Gap In Between
Pages 486 - 491 & 512 - 517
 
Methodology Matrix 2
 
February 25
Signs of the Times
According to What: Johns' Flag
 
February 27
Consuming America
Pages 492 - 508
Pages 475 - 489
Source Report
 
March 4
West Coast Funk
Pages 509 - 512
   
March 6
Learning Community 2
 
March 11
Action vs. Abstraction
Pages 428 - 438 & 518 - 531
Pages 490 - 496
Quiz 2
March 13
Nouveau Realisme
Pages 472 - 486
Chapter 18
Methodology Matrix 3
 
March 18
Spring Break
March 20
 
March 25
Dematerialization
Pages 532 - 556
Pages 497 - 526
 
March 27
Depoliticized Media Spectacle
Page 593
Pages 450 - 453 & 558 - 568
Research Paper Plan
 
April 1
Antidote
     
April 3
Anti Form
Pages 626 - 637
Chapter 18
Methodology Matrix 4
 
April 8
Earth, Process, & Idea
Pages 587 - 593 & 615 - 626
Pages 587 - 609
 
April 10
Art in Flux
Pages 593 - 597
Pages 452 - 455 & 593 - 597
Methodology Matrix 5
 
April 15
The Artist's Body
Pages 597 - 602
Pages 569 - 574
 
April 17
Learning Community 3
 
April 22
Gender Politics
Pages 603 - 614 and 646 - 657

Pages 575 - 586

Quiz 3
April 24
The Return of Painting

Chapter 26

Pages 610 - 628 & Chapter 25

 
 
April 29
Postmodernism

Pages 658 - 694

Chapter 21 & Pages 629 - 665

Research Paper
May 1
The Simulacra

The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

 
 
May 6
Culture Wars

Pages 744 - 768

Pages 696

Exhibition Report
May 8
Current Trends
     
 
May 13
Learning Community 4
Event and/ or
Occupy Report
May 18
Final Quiz Due at 11:59 pm
 
May 20
Grade Appointments 2:15 - 4:45 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Policies
To ensure that our learning community functions well and that everyone is treated with the respect that they deserve, we must all agree to the following courtesies and guidelines.
 
  Attendance
 

Good attendance is essential to your success! While you will not be graded directly on your attendance, numerous absences are sure to negatively affect your grade.

   
  Take a Break from Texting!
 

Please DO NOT text message during class. If you need to attend to an important message, please leave the classroom and return when you can fully commit your attention to the class discussion.

   
  Respect is Key
 

We will often consider provocative and challenging subject matter in this class and must therefore agree to respect each other’s views and identities. Our diverse backgrounds and opinions are assets and no student shall be made to feel inferior or uncomfortable because of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs or physical/ intellectual abilities.

   
  Cheating & Plagiarism
 

Integrity is an essential component of the student academic experience. The academic evaluation a student receives for a course becomes a permanent college record and it is critical that such records be accurate and consistent. The integrity students learn and exhibit at the college will be a model for the professional integrity they practice when they complete their college work. Accordingly, Chaffey College has classified academic dishonesty into the following categories and included examples for each category.

  • Cheating
  • Unauthorized collaboration
  • Facilitating Academic Dishonesty
  • Interference or sabbotage
  • Plagiarism
  • Fabrication
  • Retaliation
Jo Bartlett, School of the Americas, 2013
   
  Late Assignments
 

You may turn one assignment in one class day late. The late assignment will not be marked down, however any assignments turned in more than one class late, or in addition to the one accepted assignment, will NOT receive credit.

   
  Complete Assignments Before Class Begins
 

Assignments need to be turned in at the start of class. Please do not use class time to prepare for the class you are missing because you’re doing your homework!

   
  Online Quizzes
 

Quizzes will be taken online on the course's Moodle page. In progress quizzes can be saved, printed, and updated. However, once the quiz has been submitted, answers cannot be edited. Make-up quizzes cannot be accommodated, except under extenuating circumstances!

   
  Extra Credit
 

Opportunities to earn extra credit may be announced during class. However, students are limited to earning a maximum of 25 extra credit points (five percent) during the semester. Any points earned above 5% of the total course grade will NOT be applied to the final grade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resources
Chaffey College is committed to helping you achieve your educational goals. To assist your learning, the college provides these (and other) valuable services:
 
Library
The Chaffey College library is open Monday through Saturday and is closed on Sunday and college holidays. Check the library website at www.chaffey.edu/library/ or call (909) 652-6800 for current hours. A valid Chaffey I.D. is required for any library services including check out of reserve textbooks and other material to use in the library or for on-line access.
 
Student Success Centers
 
he Student Success Centers offer free tutorials, workshops, learning groups, directed learning activities, and computer/resources access to assist students in their academic development. The Rancho Multidisciplinary Center is located in the Library and is open Monday - Thursday 8 am - 8 pm, Friday 10 am - 2 pm and Sunday 11 am - 3 pm. A current Chaffey ID card is required for all Success Center services. Walk-ins are welcome, and appointments are available for most services. For more info consult the website at www.chaffey.edu/success/.
 
 
Disability Programs and Services
 

Chaffey College's Disabled Students Programs and Services, or DPS, serves an estimated 1500 students across all Chaffey campuses. DPS serves students with physical, learning, and psychological/psychiatric disabilities by providing accommodations based on the type of disability and verifying documentation. Services include academic counseling, disability related counseling and referral for community resources, test accommodations, tram services, adapted computer lab, assistive technology training, assessment, and equipment loan. For more information please call (909) 652-6379 or TDD/TTY (909) 466-2829 or visit our website at www.chaffey.edu/dps/.

 
 
Veterans Services Center
 
Chaffey College's Veterans Resource Center (VRC) is dedicated to assisting veterans and eligible family members in achieving their educational goals efficiently and without impediments. If you are a veteran or eligible family member, please contact the Veterans Resource Center at (909) 652-6235 for information regarding educational benefits and opportunities. The Veterans Resource Center (VRC) is located in building AD-125 on the Rancho campus.
 
 
Global Career Center
The Global Career Center, through partnerships with staff, faculty, employers, and the community, empowers students and alumni to make educated career decisions. The GCC has resources available to help students make these important decisions. Many of the services at the GCC are free, including: career counseling, career assessments, résumé assistance, interviewing skills preparation, job referrals, student employment, and various workshops that are offered throughout the semester. The GCC is located in AD 189 and can be contacted at (909) 652-6511.
   
 
Honors Program
 
The Honors Program provides an intellectual and cultural community for Chaffey students. Program benefits include smaller classes, creative and challenging coursework, academic enrichment activities, and scholarships. Students who complete the Honors Program may take advantage of our transfer agreements with prestigious institutions like UCLA. Visit www.chaffey.edu/honors or SSA-122 for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you considered in A.A. in ART HISTORY?

The Art History program prepares students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities and for careers in education, museums, research, and related fields. Students learn the major theories and artistic movements in Art and Architecture from the ancient to the modern world, and evaluate the influences that social, political, and religious institutions have in the creation of art. The program addresses the dynamic fields of both Western and Non-Western Art and Architecture, as well as the critical roles that Photography, Contemporary Art, and Graphic Design have in shaping our society. Students should consult with the intended transfer institution to determine the appropriate courses to complete at Chaffey.

To obtain an Associate's Degree in Art History, students must complete both the major requirements below and the graduation requirements listed on pages 24-25 of the college catalog.

Major requirements for the Associate in Arts Degree:
Art 1 Contemporary Art: 1945 - Present
Art 3 Art History of the Western World: Ancient to Medieval
Art 5 Art History of the Western World: Renaissance to Modern

Plus one studio course:
Art 10 Fundamentals of Design in Two Dimensions
Art 12 Fundamentals of Design in Three Dimensions
Art 14 Introduction to Drawing
Art 18 Introduction to Ceramics
Photo 7 Introduction to Digital Photography
Photo 10 Beginning Photography

Plus one course from the following:
ART 9 Art of the Pre-Columbian Americas (Non-Western)
ART 11 Asian Art History (Non-Western)
ID 13 Non-European Architecture and Design (Non-Western)

Plus two courses from the following:
ART 6 Women Artists in History
ART 407 History of Design
PHOTO 1 History of Photography

or,

Plus two courses from the following:*
ART 10 Fundamentals of Design in Two Dimensions
ART 12 Fundamentals of Design in Three Dimension
ART 14 Introduction to Drawing
ART 18 Introduction to Ceramics
PHOTO 7 Introduction to Digital Photography
PHOTO 10 Beginning Photography

 

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