LAS 327 • CONTEMPORARY LATIN AMER ART
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
From the 1950s on Latin American art gained unprecedented visibility through new International exhibitions initiated in 1951 by the First São Paulo Biennial in Brazil. As a result a widespread shift occurred from depictions of indigenous subjects to varying forms of abstraction, neofigurative, installation, media, and conceptual art. We investigate the work of Cuevas and other Mexicans seeking to overthrow the weight of "official" Mexican art represented by the muralists; and South Americans such as De la Vega, Noé, Le Parc, Soto, Lygia Clark, Helio Oiticica, Cildo Meireles, Tunga, Dittborn through their innovative ways of engaging the public and defying the power of institutions. Why did some of these artists sidestep commercial venues like galleries in favor of street actions, or exhibit in alternative spaces with pre-existing histories? READINGS include a required course packet, plus readings from a library reserve list. GRADING: 3 written exams one of which can be replaced by a paper, 30% each. The remaining 10% is for participation and attendance.