Rubens and Rauschenberg: Racing and Re/visioning Genealogies of Modern Art (AH4123.01)

J. Vanessa Lyon

The seventeenth-century Flemish painter-diplomat Peter Paul Rubens anchors a course proposing the residual baroqueness in diverse strains of high modernism. Our transdisciplinary project crosses entrenched nationalistic and chronological borders between modern and early modern art and artists including Bacon, Guston, Manet, Newman, Picasso, Reinhardt, and Titian in addition to Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008), himself a more conceptually various and possibly more prolific artist than even Rubens (1577-1640) to whom some 3,000 paintings and drawings have been attributed. Both international art stars took on current, highly traumatic events, war and diplomacy, as well as cultural notions of race and gender. Moreover, in the most literal sense, there is a lot of Rubens in Rauschenberg! In this course we will seek to determine how subsequent and peer artists were influenced and/or distanced, in often unacknowledged ways, by individual works of and critical responses to, Rubens and Rauschenberg.

Learning Outcomes:

Delivery Method: Entirely remote (synchronous)
Prerequisites:Toward a Rigorous Art History; Painterly Painting OR permission of instructor
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
T 2:10PM - 5:50PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 14
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: All courses , Art History , Entirely Remote
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