López-Durán

Latin American Bodies: on Modernism (3 cr.)

Designed as a laboratory of ideas and forms, this seminar will probe critical perspectives on art and architecture's relation to society and science. Focusing on the different ways the ‘modern’ body has been portrayed by intellectuals and artists—as mechanized, controlled, Taylorized, and regimented—we will explore theories of the body and its inevitable entanglement within technology and economics. Each week, we will examine an artist, an architect, and a theorist—from early Structuralism to Post-humanism.
Undergraduate Equivalency: HART 465

Art, Revolution, War: Modern Art in Violent Times (3 cr.)

This seminar examines the ambition (or lack thereof) of modern art to play an active role during periods of violent conflict. From the French Revolution to the recent disastrous American engagements in the Middle East wars to the never-ending war on terror, artists have produced images that attempt to actively engage in these conflicts. This class will examine the relative successes and failures of art during times of violent revolution and war within the modern era.
Undergraduate Equivalency: HART 351

Art, Revolution, War: Modern Art in Violent Times (3 cr.)

This seminar examines the ambition (or lack thereof) of modern art to play an active role during periods of violent conflict. From the French Revolution to the recent disastrous American engagements in the Middle East wars to the never-ending war on terror, artists have produced images that attempt to actively engage in these conflicts. This class will examine the relative successes and failures of art during times of violent revolution and war within the modern era.
Graduate Equivalency: HART 651

Latin-Europe/ Latin-America: The Aesthetics and Politics of Modern Cities (3 cr.)

This course challenges our pre-conceived maps of the world, highlighting Latin America's place within our understanding of modernity as a product of transnational interconnections. Transversing the Atlantic, this course traces the interactions of capitalism and culture, science and aesthetics, and the ideologies that informed and formed the urban fabric and spatial politics of important cities in the modern Latin world - Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, Havana, and Brasilia.
Cross-listed with HART 375(13894), ARCH 375(13896), ARCH 675(13897)
 

Cinemas of Urban Alienation (4 Cr.)

This seminar examines cinematic engagements with urban spaces and experiences around the world spanning the last two centuries. Particular attention will be paid to issues of migration, marginality, colonialism, war and post-war, nostalgia and memory, race and gender. Cities of focus include Berlin, Istanbul, Moscow, Algiers, Beirut and Paris. Our weekly discussions of individual films will be grounded in critical writings of the cities' histories and theories of space and film.

From the Sublime To The Sustainable: Art, Architecture and Nature (3 cr.)

This seminar considers theories and narratives of nature in the crafting of modern and contemporary art and architecture in the Americas. Artists and architects will include Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Rogelio Salmona (Colombia); Ana Mendieta, Ricardo Porro (Cuba); Ana Maria Tavaraes, Lina Bo Bardi (Brazil); Mark Dion and Buckminster Fuller (USA). For each lecture, Graduate Students will be assigned additional readings. They will write an annotated bibliography of all these readings to be turned in at the end of the semester.