Faculty of Arts


ARTHIST 719

Public Art: Issues and Controversy


Description

This course runs for the first term. It is a 15 point taught course. The course examines the politics and process around modern and contemporary public art and monuments, predominantly sculpture.

Topics include: the challenges of public space, patronage, issues of nationalism and cultural identity, memorialisation (for example war and Holocaust memorials) and the urban environment.

Issues and controversies around international case studies and local practice are studied in relation to works such as Richard Serra’s Tilted Arc, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Anthony Gormley’s Angel of the North, The Fourth Plinth and the Princess of Wales Memorial in Hyde Park. Examples of public art are considered in relation to theories of place and space.

The course focuses on the theory of public art and on international case studies.

Assessment

Coursework only

Availability 2020

Not offered in 2020; planned for 2021

Lecturer(s)

Coordinator(s) Dr Robin Woodward

Recommended Reading

To be provided in class

Points

ARTHIST 719: 15.0 points

Restrictions

ARTHIST 706


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