09:00 AM to 05:00 PM MTWRF
Innovation Hall 317
Section Information for Spring 2017
In this course, we will encounter the “Art of Identity 2.0” both in and out of the classroom. Through films and presentations, through museum and gallery visits in Baltimore and Washington, through interactions with artists, and through personal writing and reflection, we will explore what art about identity means today. In particular, we will ask whether artistic creativity that explores identity and notions of the self can help us become more respectful, more peaceful, less fearful and more just.
Identity 2.0 in Context: In the 1970s and 1980s, the art world was energized by a new interest in identities: particularly identities marginalized, silenced, denied representation, misrepresented, spoken for. Soon, however, it became clear that representation, inclusion, and visibility were their own kinds of traps. In the last few years, artists interested in identity have begun to explore its new “face,” in a visual landscape dominated by the selfie and the social media profile. With the virtualization of the self, identity-positions become unmoored, their borders permeable, their characteristics fluid and intersectional. Of course, gender, race, ethnicity, and other cultural markers still carry enormous social and political importance; one may still be shot for being black or beaten for being gender non-conforming. Nonetheless, the possibilities and challenges of representation have changed, and consequently there is an extraordinary outpouring of art that responds to “Identity 2.0”—the way we experience identities today, in a connected, social, and fluid world.
Course fees: $20 per person to cover entrance fees
INTS 398 001 additional course fees are required. Contact the instructor for details.
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