Note: This course is for summer session 2 only
The primary aim of this course is to explore 21st-century Japanese art, with a focus on shifts in political expression and critique in contemporary art practice since the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. This course surveys visual and conceptual trends of Japanese contemporary art from the late 1990s to the present, situating artworks and exhibitions within their social, political, and historical contexts. As a class we will conduct close visual analyses of artworks and exhibitions, discussing not only artistic styles and concepts but also curatorial approaches and critical response. We will trace the significance of shifts in artistic production and reception while addressing larger transnational issues of art history, market, and infrastructure; discourses of gender, identity, and race; and Japan’s postcolonial geopolitical relations. In addition to academic texts, this course will present students with news articles and exhibition reviews to highlight the way in which critical reception of Japanese art is framed by and through current events, politics, and the media. Knowledge of Japanese is not required for this course. All reading materials will be linked or posted on NYU Classes.
Instructor | Schedule | Section
Eimi Tagore-Erwin | TR: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Section 001
Eimi Tagore-Erwin | TR: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Section 060 **Section seats open to PreCollege High School students only (limited)