Course Catalog - 2021-2022

     

ARTS 634 - ANDY WARHOL

Long Title: HOUSE OF DRELLA: ANDY WARHOL OUTSIDE-IN
Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Language of Instruction: Taught in English
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 4
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Description: A survey of the art and life of Andy Warhol, with intense focus on his films, this advanced course will involve the watching, analysis, and discussion of key films by Warhol in light of critical readings drawn from art history, queer, gender, and race theory, and cinema studies, in addition to texts written by Warhol and/or transcribed by others for him. Warhol’s filmmaking and artmaking pursuits will be seen in the context of Hollywood glamour and street smarts, drag time and drug time, work and working it, drift and abandon. Sex and sexuality, their performance, representation as well as documentation, will remain a through line. Micro-surveys of Mario Montez’s and Dorothy Dean’s appearances in the films will be closely tracked. In the course, we will examine Warhol’s career as a key recent shift from modernism’s medium-specificity to “contemporary art” as context—a situation the films pull into sharp focus, given, as Mike Kelley wrote, the “current collapse of the historical differentiation between fine art and the entertainment industry.” For graduate students, the viewing journal is also necessary, but there are three additional requirements: a) a 20 to 25-page essay; b) a short presentation to the class; and c) the additional reading of Warhol's diaries. Faculty permission for graduate credit is required. Instructor Permission Required.Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ARTS 434. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ARTS 634 if student has credit for ARTS 434.