WRIT 116.016 | Art and Activism Today
Susan Santee-Buenger | Fall 2013 | MW 3:30-5:45 PM
In this section, we will focus on art and activism today and the areas in which they intersect with other aspects of social and political life. The texts that we will discuss encompass a wide range of topics and issues, some of which we will address in class, and others you will pursue in your own research projects. I chose this theme because, for example, the visual arts are about much more than making or viewing “pretty pictures,” and can be an engaging way to learn about our world as we explore answers to questions such as What is art? Who makes art? How do we define art? Who determines good vs. bad art? What is the role of art in society? What is the artist’s role in society? Who are the stakeholders in conversations surrounding the arts? The arts are interdisciplinary, and by encountering these various texts you will become part of larger cultural conversations that are not only interesting but also important—to individuals and groups of people across our country and in the world. Texts may cover topics such as censorship and iconoclasm, as well as artworks by Banksy, Ai Weiwei, Guerrilla Girls, and others.