Modern Art and OER Writing Seminar

Professor McCreight | Brooklyn College

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Maura McCreight

Course Description

In this lecture and discussion-based course, we will examine major developments in art history that are categorized under the category of modernism or modern art. Each week this semester, we will orient developments of modern art in time (chronologically) and space (geographically, regionally) as well as their social, political, and cultural contexts. We will prioritize the point of view of the artist and explore how and why they produced these distinct artistic ideas and objects during the 19th and 20th centuries. We will first examine how the ethos of ‘modern’ appears through art, and then pivot to major artistic movements of the first half of the 20th century that respond to and influence representations of industry, technology, nationalism, spirituality, and rebellion: Impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, Dada, Surrealism, European Expressionism, Abstract Expressionism, CoBrA, Spatialism, and Nouveau Réalisme. Assigned readings, social annotations, and additional scaffolded writing assignments throughout the course, encourage students to think about the ways that artists from these movements take on new, unexpected, and ‘modern’ directions in their artwork.

Student Manifold Publications

We are proud to announce the publication of final essays written by a selection of Modern Art students, Iggy Strickland, Jeannine Cannon, Tamina Yeasmin, Ale Castillo, and Alexis Ramirez. Congrats on your work! Scroll down to read and cite these wonderful contributions to art historical research.

Updated: June, 2024 by Professor Maura McCreight.

Background image: Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe—Hands and Thimble, 1919

Cover image: Franz Marc, The Bewitched Mill, 1913

These images are licensed under a CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication

Student Publications and Course Texts

Student Manifold Publications

OER Writing Seminar

Lectures, Readings, and Assignments