The goal of the course is to introduce you to major movements, artists and canonical works of contemporary art in order to develop or enhance a strong base of knowledge prior to entering a professional career in the art world. With an emphasis on global art from the 1980s to the present, this course introduces central themes—from technology to social engagement—and considers a broad range of artistic practices and institutional structures. Aimed to equip students with a complete vocabulary of contemporary art, each session will begin with a slide lecture and include time for discussion at the end.
- Understand the historical precedents for contemporary painting
- Identify major contemporary painters and themes in contemporary painting
Meet the academic:
Lizy Dastin is an art history instructor at Santa Monica College and UCLAx with a specialty in contemporary public art and urban practice. She has previously taught at Chapman University, Mercy College, the School of Visual Arts and the American Jewish University and has facilitated public art related programs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the International Center of Photography. Lizy is the founder of Art and Seeking, an interview and digital lecture platform that bridges the gap between the mainstream artworld to the unorthodox world of street art, and co-hosts a popular art and art history podcast called Art Attack with urban icon, Justin BUA.