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  • Survey of Modern Art
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This course provides an overview of art and architecture from the Western modern period of the 19th and 20th centuries.


Completion of or concurrent enrollment in English Composition (C-ID ENGL 100)

This course covers art and architecture of the major modern movements from the 19th century and 20th centuries, including:

  1. Classicism and Romanticism
  2. Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Symbolism
  3. Art Nouveau, Fauvism, Cubism, Non-Objectivity
  4. Expressionism, Dada, Surrealism
  5. American Modernism, including WPA and Abstract Expressionism
  6. Minimalism, Pop Art
  7. Conceptual Art, Happenings, Earthworks, Installation, Site-specific art
  8. Post-Modernism, Neo-Expressionism,
  9. Globalization


At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Identify, examine, and assess representative works of art and architecture from the art historical periods covered in this course employing appropriate art historical terminology
  2. Analyze, discuss, and differentiate works of art and architecture in terms of historical context and cultural values
  3. Analyze, discuss, and distinguish the roles of art, architecture, and the artist from the art historical periods covered in this course

Methods of evaluation will include:

  1. Written essays, assignments and/or research projects
  2. Essay exams

    Methods of evaluation may also include:
  3. Classroom discussions
  4. Objective exams
  5. Projects and presentations
  6. Quizzes

Arnason, H.H. and Mansfield, E. History of Modern Art.

Fineberg, J. Art Since 1940

Hunter, S. Modern Art

Jacobus, S, Wheeler, J. et al Modern Art Painting, Sculpture Architecture

Kleiner, Fred S. Gardner’s Art Through the Ages: The Western Perspective: Backpack – Modern Europe and America.

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