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ARHT2614: Pollock to Psychedelia

This unit studies the interplay between high art and popular culture in America from the 1950s onwards. Pop Art, Minimalism and Performance formed alongside emerging youth cultures of political protest, drugs and rock music. We examine the interactions of high art, youth culture and mass media.

Code ARHT2614
Academic unit Art History
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level in Art History or 12 credit points at 1000 level in American Studies

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate and enhanced understanding of the American visual arts of the post-War period
  • LO2. present solid skills in writing about a suitable artwork in the Artworks review (prepared in a major gallery)
  • LO3. discuss key concepts for the understanding of post-War American art
  • LO4. construct and maintain arguments that link individual artworks to the social and political conditions of the 1950s and 1960s.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.