ARTH 376: Twentieth-Century Latin American Art

ARTH 376-001: Twentieth-Century Latin American Art
(Spring 2024)

01:30 PM to 02:45 PM MW

Art & Design Building L008

Section Information for Spring 2024

Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Wifredo Lam…Why are these groundbreaking artists often omitted from modern art classes? This course will examine the works of these and other leading Latin American artists to establish a more inclusive understanding of modernism. Twentieth-century Latin American artists had a complex relationship with the European avant-garde. Some artists appropriated European trends such as cubism or surrealism and transformed them into uniquely Latin American styles, whereas other artists reacted against international modernist tendencies, focusing instead on portraying their national identity. This course will address issues such as the relationship between social realism and politics, the expression of national identities versus the adoption of so-called “universal” trends, the creation of an avant-garde in post-colonial societies, and the perception of the “fantastic” in Latin American art.


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Major movements and important artists in 20th-century Latin American art discussed in relation to social, cultural, and political conditions in the region. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Arts
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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