About the Class
What makes art “contemporary”? The answers to this question are complex, varied, and even contradictory—much like contemporary art itself. This course examines art from 1970 to the present to highlight the shift from modern to postmodern practices. Surveying a wide range of media and artistic strategies, the course navigates thematic topics that ground contemporary art in historical, aesthetic, political, and social contexts.
Each week, the main lecture is followed by a 30-minute discussion session that allows students the opportunity to ask questions and exchange ideas with the instructor and classmates.
Jonathan Wallis is professor of art history and humanities at Moore College of Art & Design, and served as the Penny and Bob Fox Distinguished Professor from 2015 to 2018. His current research focuses on the intersection of ethics, socially engaged art, and critical pedagogy. His work has been published in Art and the Public Sphere, Journal of Curatorial Studies, Papers of Surrealism, and Woman’s Art Journal, among others. As a curator, he’s presented exhibitions on local and international contemporary artists. Wallis received the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2013.