A Survey of Avant-Garde Exhibitions (VA2109.01)

Carol Stakenas

This course will examine a selection of landmark art exhibitions in Europe and the United States from the middle of the 19th century to the early 2000s. Starting with the Salon des Refus├ęs in 1863, we will focus on controversial exhibitions associated with individuals and movements such as Gustave Courbet, Edouard Manet, Impressionism, Fauvism, German Expressionism, Surrealism, Dadaism, the Bauhaus, Marcel Duchamp, Alfred Barr, Peggy Guggenheim, Gutai Group, Lucy Lippard, Okwui Enwezor and others.

A Survey of Avant-Garde Exhibitions 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 Venice Biennale as well as the impact of technology and network culture.