Academic Catalog


Course Code: 1200322
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(3-0)
ECTS Credit: 4.0
Department: Architecture
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Course Coordinator: Prof.Dr. JALE ADLE ERZEN
Offered Semester: Fall Semesters.

Course Content

Focusing on the major movements and artists of the post-war period, this course allows students to learn methods, tools, and terminologies to critically analyze contemporary art in relation to social and historical context, critical debates, new media, and the changing role of the spectator/participant. Not only does the art production postdating World War II raise the questions of what art is or can be, but it is also concerned with endless possible ways in which the audiences can experience art. Contemporary art employs a range of new materials and technologies, questions the validity of intentionality and authorship, and addresses previously excluded audiences. It invades non-art spaces, blurs the boundaries between text and image, document and performance, asks questions about institutional frames (the museum, gallery, and art journal), and generates new forms of criticism. Much of the canon of what counts as important is still in flux, especially for the last twenty years. And the stage is no longer centered only on the United States and Europe but is becoming increasingly global.