2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

IAHIS 2600 Art, Representation and Identities

This course explores the interrelationship between art, representation, and identities as they intersect across gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, etc. With this in mind, students will examine artistic representation and the production of meaning around these representations. Although this course may address the intersection of art and identities in the distant past, primary attention will be given to contemporary forms of representation as they have emerged within visual culture during the last fifty years. Students will consider the following questions: Which subjectivities are represented in mass media, and how do these representations serve to structure and enforce systems of power in our society? How can artists and designers engage in discourse around representation in art and design history and address the complexities of identification in art and design practice today?