Avant-Gardes, Neo-Avant Gardes, Retro-Avant Gardes: What was Yugoslav Art?

SLAV-T 230 — Spring 2023

LH 125
Days and Times
Monday/Wednesday, 4:45pm - 6:00pm
Course Description

The Southeast European country of Yugoslavia no longer exists. But throughout the twentieth century, from 1918 to 1992, artists in Yugoslavia created groundbreaking and internationally renowned artwork at the cutting-edge of global modern and contemporary art. This course studies the development of visual art in Yugoslavia, from the country's inception following World War I to its reconfiguration as a socialist federation after World War II, and, ultimately, to its collapse in the 1990s. Topics will include interwar print culture and avant-garde publications, postwar geometric abstraction, techno-utopianism and early digital art, socialist-era monuments and monumental sculpture, experimental film, performance art, punk and DIY movements. Throughout the course, students will critically examine modern and contemporary art in Southeastern Europe and develop the skills necessary to assess artwork formally, historically, and critically. Emphasis will be placed on written assignments and on participation in class discussion.