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This course will examine a selection of art exhibitions in Europe and the United States from the middle of the 19th century to the early 2000s. The course will focus on controversial exhibitions associated with individuals and movements such as Gustave Courbet, Edouard Manet, Impressionism, Fauvism, the Armory Show, Alfred Stieglitz, German Expressionism, Surrealism, Dadaism, the Bauhaus, Marcel Duchamp, Peggy Guggenheim, Andy Warhol, Womanhouse and others. It will consider how exhibitions are not only reflections of artistic life but shaped by political, social and cultural forces that have, over time, affected the history of modern art. Building on this historical base, the course will include discussions about contemporary exhibitions and art projects, specifically considering the globalization of art fostered by commercial and institutional enterprises such as the Guggenheim Museum, Venice Biennale as well as the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time initiative.