Spring 2024 Course Highlight | From Pollock to Warhol: American Art 1945–1975

This spring, Professor Daniel Spaulding will be teaching ART HIST 303 From Pollock to Warhol: American Art 1945–1975. MWF 1:20–2:10pm | Sophomore Standing | Humanities Breadth | L&S Credit. Enroll here.Description: At the end of World War II, the United States emerged as the dominant global superpower, with only the Soviet Union as its competitor. In the visual arts, the following three decades were arguably the most wildly inventive years in the nation’s history. Powerful new styles revolutionized American culture, only to be eclipsed by yet more radical experiments just a few years later. In the midst of both unprecedented economic expansion and profound political upheaval, artists had to negotiate the contradictions of a capitalist democracy marred by persistent racial injustice and the violence of the Korean and Vietnam wars. Some artists, such as Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol, would become household names. Others preferred to work in the underground.This course provides an overview of major artistic developments in the United States between the end of World War II and the mid-1970s. Movements covered include Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, and Conceptual Art, as well as feminist, queer, and anti-racist practices. Several sessions will be held in the galleries of the Chazen Museum, which has a strong collection of postwar American art.