HISTORY OF ART AND VISUAL COMMUNICATION AND CONTEMPORARY
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Knowledge and understanding:
The course aims at developing in students the ability in creating a framework of knowledge to understand the specificities of art, and particularly of sculpture, in the contemporary age.
Competences acquired in the first cycle will be strengthened and expanded allowing students to elaborate and apply original ideas.
Applying knowledge and understanding:
Students will be provided with the tools to be applied to conduct independent and in depth studies on subjects different from those dealt with in class, but inherent to them. Comprehension and problem solving skills will be applied to new topics related to art history.
The course aims at providing students with a knowledge of the subject and its investigative tools: they can acquire the capacity for judgment in independently dealing with the study of critical works and texts related to it. Students will be able to go into problems, to make their knowledge deeper, and to give personal judgements.
The course aims at providing students to be able to communicate information and ideas about art history with propriety of language. Students will be able to express their arguments clearly and the reasons for their conclusions, helped by their personal knowledge.
The course wants to provide students with a method, which will enable them to study and analyze contemporary art with the necessary critical skills. Thus they will be able to go on studying other topics related to their discipline in an independent and self directed way.
Students are required to have proper knowledge of the outline of art history, particularly of the 19th and 20th Centuries.
Course contents summary
The course focuses on the twentieth century sculpture and proposes its study through the analysis of the research of the main movements and protagonists. Particular attention is dedicated to contemporary trends, from the second post-war period to the present day, when the traditional sculpture is compared with the "dematerialization of art" typical of the period.
In addition to the lessons, attending the study day Sculpture and dematerialising art is strongly suggested. The study day, curated by C. Casero and D. Colombo, will be held at Aula Magna of University of Parma on November 8th and 9th 2018.
F. Poli, La scultura del Novecento, Laterza, Roma Bari, 2006 (e successive edizioni)
R. Krauss, Passaggi. Storia della scultura da Rodin alla Land Art, Buno Mondadori, Milano 1998 (e successive edizioni)
Frontal lessons giving the historical and methodological foundations of the subject, as well as the guidelines for reading the proposed images.
Assessment methods and criteria
During the final exam (oral), students will be required to be able to read the visual documents of contemporaneity in their technical and expressive specificity. At the same time they will have to be able to understand the sense of the work of art in relation to general contest in which it has developed. During each lesson, students will have to participate actively, showing their ability in facing the arguments dealt with and their capacity for analyzing and understanding the visual document, sculpture in particular. The exam will consist in the discussion of the artworks seen in class and the literature related to them, which will be indicated in the reference readings. Each student will also have to present a study on one specific case, through which he/she will have to show the ability to organize a personal study, from the research of sources and the outlining of a conceptual scheme. In this way students will test their autonomous critical awareness and their communicational skills. A fail is determined by the lack of the basic contents, by the inability to verbalize adequately, by the incapacity to make independent judgments. A pass (18-23/30) is determined by the student’s possession of the fundamental contents of the course, an adequate level of autonomous preparation and personal judgment and the capacity to communicate his own ideas. Middle-range scores (24-27/30) are assigned to the student who produces evidence of a more than sufficient level (24-25/30) or good level (26-27/30) in the evaluation indicators listed above. Higher scores (from 28/30 to 30/30 cum laude) are awarded on the basis of the student’s demonstration of a very good or excellent level in the evaluation indicators listed above.