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ARTV306 Art in Crisis 1970-1985

A critical study of international art practice and theory between 1970 and 1985, including installation, conceptual and performance art, and the emergence of postmodern, feminist and other alternative art practices.

The focus of this course is the perceived crisis in the visual arts that emerged in the late 1960s when traditional art practices, such as painting and sculpture, and ideas, both in criticism and art history, were being challenged and new visual and theoretical approaches began to gain increasing prominence. The rejection of Modernism's formalism was interpreted not only as a crisis for painting and sculpture, but also as an attack on prevailing ideas about the nature of art. These themes include: The legacy of the 1960s; alternative art practices; art and the other; subjectivity and authorship and the impact of postmodern ideas on traditional forms and institutions.

Paper title Art in Crisis 1970-1985
Paper code ARTV306
Subject Art History and Visual Culture
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $904.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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One 200-level ARTH, ARTV, HIST ot VISC paper
ARTH 320, ARTH 420, ARTV 406
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.
Teaching staff
Dr Judith Collard
Course materials will be made available electronically.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Scholarship, Interdisciplinary perspective, Informational literacy.
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Learning Outcomes
  • To introduce students to the broad range of theoretical discussions and practices in art produced during and about this period
  • To encourage students to critique ideas about the function and nature of art in Western culture
  • To encourage the development of communication skills both in written form and verbally through both essay writing and the engagement with ideas and issues within the classroom

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 15:00-15:50 9-12, 18-22
Thursday 15:00-15:50 9-12, 18-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Thursday 10:00-10:50 11, 18, 20
A2 Thursday 13:00-13:50 11, 18, 20