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Approx. 11 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish

Skills you will gain

CreativityArtHistoryMuseumsArt History

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Beginner Level

Approx. 11 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish

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The Museum of Modern Art

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

1 hour to complete

Introduction to What Is Contemporary Art?

1 hour to complete
1 video (Total 1 min), 6 readings
6 readings
Welcome to the course!10m
Course instructors respond: what is contemporary art?10m
Suggestions for making the most of the course10m
We want to hear from you10m
Virtual Office Hours and Drop ins with Artists10m
Resources: MoMA podcasts, art vocabulary, Magazine, and YouTube channel10m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Media from Television to the Internet

2 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 14 min), 11 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
Beatriz González on her street posters in Bogotá, 19832m
Alfredo Jaar on Lament of the Images, 20021m
Dayanita Singh on Museum of Chance, 20133m
Susan Kare on designing the first Mac icons, 1980s3m
11 readings
Introduction to this week10m
Arthur Jafa, APEX, 201310m
Three approaches to appropriation10m
How do artists and architects share and circulate images?10m
Two interventions in television and architecture10m
How are images used to watch and classify us?10m
Surveilling, seeing, scanning10m
What do video games and computers have to do with art and design?10m
JODI on turning desktop order inside out10m
Serious games and artificial intelligence10m
Optional Readings & Resources10m
1 practice exercise
Memory Check
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Territories & Transit

2 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 17 min), 9 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
Bouchra Khalili on The Mapping Journey Project, 2008–113m
Mateo López on Travel without Movement, 2008–102m
Shellyne Rodriguez on Martin Wong, Stanton near Forsyth Street, 19831m
IRWIN on NSK Garda, 20021m
Amanda Williams on Color(ed) Theory Suite, 2014–162m
9 readings
Introduction to this week10m
Rael San Fratello, Teeter-Totter Wall, 201410m
Crossing borders10m
Claiming space10m
Changing states10m
Sky Hopinka on Jáaji Approx., 201510m
Portfolio: Teresa Margolles, Pista de baile (Dance Floor), 201610m
Optional Readings & Resources10m
Mid-course survey5m
1 practice exercise
Memory Check
Week
4

Week 4

2 hours to complete

Materials & Making

2 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 20 min), 10 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
Liz Deschenes on Tilt/Swing (360º field of vision, version 1), 20091m
Sheela Gowda on Of All People, 20113m
3-D printed architecture with Rael San Fratello4m
Lady Pink on Trust visions that don't feature buckets of blood, 1983–842m
Glenn Ligon on White #19, 19941m
Amy Sillman on making and unmaking painting1m
10 readings
Introduction to this week10m
Sheila Hicks, Pillar of Inquiry/Supple Column, 2013–1410m
Film, vinyl, and ultrasonic gel10m
How is contemporary art made?10m
Building, painting, printing10m
Luther Price, Sorry, 2005–1210m
Labor and work in contemporary art10m
Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen on 75 Watt, 201310m
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Work/Travail/Arbeid, 201710m
Optional Readings & Resources10m
1 practice exercise
Memory Check

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