GT-UF 9201 Advanced Global Topics: Avant-Garde Art and Literature in Paris and the World Circa 1913.
Instructor: Eugene Ostashevsky
This class studies the emergence of avant-garde art and writing in Paris, and of the movements that responded to it in Italy, Russia, and the US on the eve of the First World War. We will learn how to look at Cubist, Futurist, early abstract, and Dada artifacts, and how to read parallel experiments in literature. Focusing on the transnationalism of the movements and their participants, we will examine the role of polyvalent identities of the artists, and note the dissemination of experimental art across national borders. We will study the roles of popular culture and new technology, as well as of interdisciplinary artistic collaboration in book-making, music, and dance. There will be walking tours of the Paris of Apollinaire, Picasso, and Stein. Museum visits will include the Shchukin collection exhibit at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, the Centre Pompidou, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, and the recently re-opened Musée Picasso.