Undergraduate Courses + Graduate Seminars
Nineteenth-Century Art: Critical Global Histories
This course concerns the visual culture, art, architecture, and urbanism of the nineteenth century. Our emphasis will be on three cities: Paris, France; London, England; and Lagos, Nigeria. The central artistic practices studied in the course are those of Jacques-Louis David and Gustave Courbet in Paris; William Blake in London; and Olowe of Ise and William Cole in Lagos. Modes and tactics of aesthetic resistance to the reorganization of urban spaces along the axes of “Global North” cities of London and Paris will serve as a principle focus, as well as engagement with Lagos as a “Global South” capital in West Africa. Core themes include the emergence of public art, art of the state, radical artistic production, and new image technologies. The course will also examine possibilities of turning the artistic modes and languages of a colonizer as a mode of resistance in an Anglophone West African context. A unique feature of the course will be precisely its global focus, which will allow students to challenge Eurocentric constructions of modernism in both current coursework and future engagement.
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