history and theory of contemporary art (htca)

Emphasizing critical thinking and writing, as well as the close examination of visual phenomena and artifacts, this program provides students with a historically situated, in-depth understanding of the discourses surrounding global contemporary art and culture. To theorize and historicize contemporary art is to acknowledge the role of art within the broader spheres of its production and exhibition. Students are exposed to a variety of models for analysis, and the curriculum addresses complex issues such as the influence of media and notions of reproducibility; the role of the artist as social researcher, interventionist, or activist; the influence of globalization; questions of authorship and appropriation; the legacy and currency of feminism and gender studies; and the lineage of modernism and postmodernism.

Students may also pursue the MA degree in HTCA through the Dual Degree MA/MFA.