History and Theory courses are designed to hone students' critical skills through intensive reading and writing assignments. Recent course topics have included gender, ethics, disease, aesthetics, and discourse on global art movements of the past 50 years.
Globalization/Art Worlds This seminar will examine the shifting relationship of cultural production and imagined communities within the current global market economy. Drawing upon seminal texts on globalization from diverse fields of postcolonial theory, political economy, sociology and anthropology, we will interrogate the impact of globalization on the "art world," as well as the complex role of art and its institutions in the processes of globalization. We will examine topics such as biennial/art fair phenomena and professionalization; hybridity and diaspora; internationalism and neocolonialism; local modes of resistance; as well as attempts to work laterally across cultural communities in the global South. Readings include texts by Giorgio Agamben, Arjun Appadurai, Homi Bhabha, T.J. Demos, Okwui Enwezor, Wu Hung, Pamela Lee, Saskia Sassen, George Yudice, among others.