Instructor: prof. Pietro Gaglianò
Credit Hours: 3 -- Contact hours: 45
Course Number: TBA
Department: Liberal Arts and Cultural Studies
Prerequisite: The course is open to all students with a basic knowledge of 20th and 21st century modern and contemporary art history.

Course Description: 
The course analyses the historical origins and reasons for twentieth century artistic engagement with the public sphere. Special focus will be placed on the cultural revolutions of the past fifty years by looking at what prompted artists to leave their studios and face an unfamiliar audience. Specific movements such as Feminism, pacifism, anti-war movements in the 1960s, the end of the cold war and Post-colonialism will be studied in depth. The course will additionally look closely at international events like “Culture in Action” (Chicago 1992-1993), public debates, literature such as “New Genre Public Art” by Suzanne Lacy as well as the latest contemporary experiments, practices and projects by world-renowned artists and theorists.

Meet the Faculty: Prof. Pietro Gaglianò
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Art critic and scholar of contemporary languages. Contextually to the studies at the Faculty of Architecture, he has been devoted to the knowledge and analysis of the contemporary visual culture. His main topics of interest concern the urban, architectural and social context as stage for contemporary artistic practices; the interaction between arts and geopolitical emergency matters; the relationships between visual art experience and theoretical system of performing arts and experimental theatre.

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