4.602 Modern Art and Mass Culture

Spring 2004

President Carter and Andy Warhol.
President Jimmy Carter receives a portrait from the artist Andy Warhol. (Image courtesy of the US National Archives and Records Administration.)

Course Highlights

This class contains a complete set of lecture notes, along with descriptions of the paper topics in the assignments section.

Course Description

This class provides an introduction to modern art and theories of modernism and postmodernism. It focuses on the way artists use the tension between fine art and mass culture to mobilize a critique of both. We will examine objects of visual art including painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, and video. These objects will be viewed in their interaction with advertising, caricature, comics, graffiti, television, fashion, folk art, and so-called "primitive" art.
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Prof. Caroline Jones

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

One session / week
1 hour / session