Archaeology, History & History of Art

High & Low: Modern Art & Popular Culture

All CategoriesArchaeology, History & History of Art

Course synopsis

This 12 session course was inspired by an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1991 which is where the title comes from. The course will look at the connections between the history of 'High' art in the 20th century, and it's strong connections and influence by so-called 'low' art forms, such as comics, advertising, graffiti,  and caricature. We will also look at the rise of collage as an important medium, and the struggle of photography to be taken seriously as a medium for making art. Artists we will look at include Giacomo Balla, Joan Miro, Hannah Hoch, Joseph Cornell, Philip Guston, Cindy Sherman and Christian Marclay.

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About the teacher

Ian Irvine

As a practising artist, I think I approach teaching art history not from an academic standpoint, but to tell stories and anecdotes, and...

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