AHIS 1217: From Plop Art to Graffiti: Issues in Public Art

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Course Format Lecture 3.0 h + Seminar 0.0 h + Lab. 0.0 h
Credits 3.0

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This course will explore the history and complex issues surrounding one of the most controversial forms of art in our culture - art in public places. Beginning with an overview of the historical significance of public art, we will focus primarily on the diversity of movements as they emerge within the context of dramatic social change in the 20th century up to the present. Tradition, corporate agendas and politics clash with the avant-garde, vandalism and activism on the streets of our cities. Public art acts as a barometer of and catalyst to shifts in society. We will examine art in the urban landscape that is at the centre of many debates, including the ownership and function of public space, censorship, homelessness, environmental crisis, and public health and safety.

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