ARTS | Università degli studi di Bergamo - Didattica e Rubrica


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Discipline storiche, delle arti e dello spettacolo


Educational goals

The course aims at stimulating students’ awareness of the cultural background of management of tourism projects involving the art domain, and pursues the following objectives:
to learn basic notions in Contemporary art since the early - Twentieth century to the present.
to get acquainted with the proper terminology and vocabulary related to the art discourse.
to know the main structures and events (biennials, fairs, exhibitions) through which the arts are spread out and interlace with touristic paths.
to develop familiarity with the reference tools for further and continuing self-training in the arts for tourist planning.
At the end of the course, the students achieve the ethical responsibility of tourism planning as a cultural contribution to a multicultural social project of civilization and economical development.

Course content

The course offers the students an overview of Contemporary art, from the early Twentieth century to the present, focusing on the shift from the Western prevailing point of view to the enlarged, multifocal perspective of the globalized world. It will also address cultural issues such as gender, post colonial critique, re-qualification of public spaces, and growing value in the economical system. Topics in detail:

art history survey of Contemporary art: artists, movements, new techniques and ideas
how we do define a “work of art” in the midst of the heterogeneity of the contemporary artistic production
traditional “Fine Arts” and new technological media
new relationships between art and public
critical approaches in post modern times: gender, postcolonial, environmental and posthuman studies
how work contemporary arts museums and alternative spaces
new strategies in the diffusion and communication of art through international events: exhibitions, biennials, fairs, and web communication.
1) Obligatory

- L. Parmesani, Art of the Twentieth Century, Milan: Skira (any edition)
- From : Hans Belting et al (, The Global Contemporary and the Rise of New Arts Worlds, Cambridge (Mass.): MIT Press 2013: H. Belting, The Plurality of Art Worlds and the New Museum, pp. 246-254 [PDF]
- From Bruce Altshuler (edited by), Biennials and Beyond: exhibitions that made art history 1962-2002 , Phaidon, London-New York 2013: Introduction, pp. 11-18

2) One choice from the followings essays:

- W. Benjamin, Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, (1st ed 1935). Any edition.
- G. Debord, The Society of Spectacle, (1st ed 1967). Any edition.
- A. Danto, What Art Is, Yale, University Press: Yale, 2013, pp. 1-52
- L. Nochlin, Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists, (1971). Any edition.
- E. Said, Orientalism,(1st ed.1978). Any edition.
- J.-F. Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge, (1979). Any edition.
- From : Jonathan Harris (ed. by), Globalization and Contemporary Art, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell 2011:
-D. Clarke, Contemporary Asian Art and the West, pp. 245-
252 [PDF]
-R. Araeen, Art and Postcolonial Society, pp. 365-374 [PDF]
- R. Braidotti, The Posthuman, Polity Press, Cambridge 2013
- Tourism Facing a Pandemic:From Crisis to Recovery, (edited by F. Burini), Università degli Studi di Bergamo, 2020 (one or more essays of your choice)

Teaching methods

Lectures with the support of ppt presentations. Analysis of works of art and case studies, group discussions. Meetings in class with curators invited. Field trips in the near area, according to the pandemic situation.
The course will be articulated in two sections: the first one more introductory and discursive, the second one participative and focused on history cases and good practices.

Assessment and Evaluation

The oral exam will consist of a discussion on topic discussed in the class and on the bibliography assigned. The exam will begin with a subject chosen by the student and will continue with two or more questions made by the professor on the program.The exam will evaluate the knowledge of the assigned texts
the ability of critical argumentation with use of correct terminology

Further information

Non attending students will read two texts among the optional essays listed above.
Erasmus students can arrange a shorter program with the professor.