FIN3019 : Gender and Contemporary Art
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Dr Fiona Anderson
- Owning School: Arts & Cultures
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
This module examines how gender and sexuality have impacted art making and art history from the 1960s to the present. We will explore efforts to write feminist and queer histories of art, examine the ways in which women and sexual minorities have been excluded from mainstream art histories and consider ways of redressing this imbalance, and think about what it might mean to make art that is feminist or queer.
The module is structured so as to bring up questions of how traditional conceptions of gender and sexuality are formed and regulated. It will also encourage students to interrogate how and why identity categories, particularly those that seek to demarcate the ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal,’ were, and are, constructed and maintained through visual and cultural means. For us, gender will be understood not as static and ultimately knowable, but rather as shifting, contingent, and open to scrutiny and critique through the making of art.
Outline Of Syllabus
The module with begin by considering how political and cultural understandings of gender and sexuality have developed over time and how they have impacted art making and the development of art history. The lectures and seminars will explore topics such as art and the home, nudity, sex and censorship, consumerism and feminist art, gender and racism, contemporary colonialism and exile, trans* identities, institutional sexism, and queer theories of gender, memory, and history. Our study will incorporate a range of media, from painting, collage, photography, and film, to performance and sculpture, and art from countries including the UK, USA, Germany, South Africa, Poland, Iran, Morocco, and Japan.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||60:00||60:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||20||1:00||20:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||20:00||20:00||Seminar preparation|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||3||1:00||3:00||Office Hours|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||10||1:00||10:00||Seminars|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||2||3:00||6:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||81:00||81:00||N/A|
Jointly Taught With
|FIN2019||Gender and Contemporary Art|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
1.Lectures: to allow definition of the scope of the syllabus, an introduction to a body of knowledge, and modelling of the level and nature of the analysis required.
2.Seminars: to encourage interaction and the development of cognitive and key skills; to allow preparation and presentation of directed research on specific issues and case studies.
3.Tutorials: to provide feedback and analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of submitted work, and increase awareness of the potential for individual development.
4. Workshops allow for more innovative and cross-curricular teaching.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written exercise||2||M||40||1500 word analysis assignment|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The coursework affords the student the opportunity to conduct research with seminar and peer support into particular areas of interest, to develop their organisational, group work and presentational skills in reporting back to the group and then to demonstrate their ability to think independently using their seminar discussion to inform their individual assignments. Assignments are targeted to develop critical thinking, the ability to develop an argument, visual analysis and theoretical comprehension. The presentation enables the student to develop and test valuable transferable skills.