20th Century Art OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Online Undergraduate Course on the Study of American and European Art

Published Feb 18, 2009

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology provides this OpenCourseWare that takes a critical look at the progression of American and European art expanding the last century. There is an emphasis on the relationship between concepts, such as modernization, extreme politics utopianism, mass culture, new technologies and evolving ideas regarding mind and human character, as well as other viewpoints regarding recent history. Undergraduate students interested in art will benefit from the '20th Century Art' OpenCourseWare.

20th Century Art: Course Specifics

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20th Century Art: Course Description

'20th Century Art' is a free course that examines the emergence of art after World War II. This OpenCourseWare is offered by the MIT Department of Architecture and is presented in a lecture format by Professor Caroline Jones. Students who complete this course on the study of American and European art will gain exposure to key developments and trends in art through contemporary times, particularly in the United States. Art from Europe and Asia will also be examined. In addition, students will investigate the origins of art in different cultures and why art acts as a conductor for political concerns. The course begins with a study of several topics that lay the ground work for future lectures, including modernism, postmodernism and other artistic movements. Subsequent lectures examine conceptual art over the past thirty years and the issues surrounding women and the arts.

The materials for '20th Century Art' include online lecture notes, assignments and a list of required and related readings. To learn more, visit the twentieth century art course page.

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