Art history: modern and contemporary: Track 1

Featuring: Video Video Audio Audio

Baffled by modern art and architecture? You’re not alone! This collection gives new insight into today’s shifting kaleidoscope of visual culture by placing it in the context of the developments of the 19th and 20th century. In the mid 19th century there was a growing realisation that everything had changed. Industry was booming, and the speed of life increasing. Artists, thinkers and architects strove to find new ways of encapsulating this new world … and modernism was born. The collection describes how throughout the twentieth century different media and artforms were added to the canon, and the sophisticated social structure of the Art-world developed. This material forms part of The Open University course A226 Exploring art and visual culture.

By: The iTunes U team (Programme and web teams)

Share on Google Plus Share on LinkedIn View article Comments
Print

Track 1: Abstract Expressionism in New York 1

In the 1940’s and 50’s, New York was becoming a centre of art. But the art world in New York was surprisingly small. Professor Michael Corris gives you a tour.


© The Open University 2012


Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Abstract Expressionism in New York 1    In the 1940’s and 50’s, New York was becoming a centre of art. But the art world in New York was surprisingly small. Professor Michael Corris gives you a tour. Play now Abstract Expressionism in New York 1
2 Abstract Expressionism in New York 2    Bringing the New York art-scene of the 1950’s and 60’s to life: Professor Michael Corris and artist Lawrence Weiner in conversation. Play now Abstract Expressionism in New York 2
3 Salcedo installation    Can a crack in the floor be considered as art? This slideshow peers into Doris Salcedo’s C21st installation in the Tate Modern Turbine Hall, “Shibboleth”. Play now Salcedo installation
4    Play now
5    Play now
6    Play now
7    Play now

Copyright information

Tags, Ratings and Social Bookmarking

Ratings

No votes yet

Share

Be the first to post a comment

Leave a comment
Sign in or create your OpenLearn account to join the discussion.

We invite you to discuss this subject, but remember this is a public forum.
Please be polite, and avoid your passions turning into contempt for others. We may delete posts that are rude or aggressive; or edit posts containing contact details or links to other websites.

Other content you may like

audio icon

History & The Arts 

Art and Visual Culture: Medieval to Modern

Have you ever wondered about the visual remains of past centuries that still survive in our cities and countryside today? Are you baffled by modern art? This collection provides you with insights into different aspects of art and visual culture between the Middle Ages and the present day. You will discover the wonders of medieval stained glass and learn how East meets West in a Byzantine icon. You will be introduced to the splendours of Baroque architecture and be taken on a tour of a spectacular display of Neo-classical sculpture in an English country house. And you will find out about a key movement in modern art, Abstract Expressionism, and take a look at some iconic works in Tate Modern. This material forms part of The Open University course A226 Exploring art and visual culture.

Audio
1 hr 30 mins
Art and visual culture: Medieval to modern free course icon Level 2 icon

History & The Arts 

Art and visual culture: Medieval to modern

What is art? What is visual culture? How have they changed through history? This free course, Art and visual culture: Medieval to modern, explores the fundamental issues raised by the study of western art and visual culture over the last millennium. It moves from discussing the role of the artist and the functions of art during the medieval and Renaissance periods to considering the concept and practice of art in the era of the academies, before finally addressing the question of modern art and the impact of globalisation.

Free course
10 hrs
How can we improve teaching about Islam? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Public domain article icon

Education & Development 

How can we improve teaching about Islam?

Fear and distrust can grow where there's a lack of understanding. Could a different approach to teaching about Islam in schools help?

Article
The Problem with Pink Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Public Domain article icon

History & The Arts 

The Problem with Pink

What connotations does the colour pink have? Can art history tell us anything about its links to femininity? Dr Emma Barker explores...

Article

History & The Arts 

Art history: early modern

The world of the early modern period (C10th - C16th) was one of religious obsession, power struggles and plunder. But it was also a world of stunning artistic endeavour. This collection shows how, encoded in the art and architecture of the time, you can find stories of political machinations, female influence and surging movements of people. We may think our own era has a monopoly on long-distance travel, but in the mediaeval period it was perfectly possible for Western Catholic artists to encounter Eastern Orthodox or Islamic cultures. And as the different cultures met, they influenced each other in unexpected ways. This material forms part of The Open University course A226 Exploring art and visual culture.

Video
35 mins

History & The Arts 

Art history: C17th to C19th

This collection transports you to Europe of 1600 to 1850. Many of the foundations of European culture were being laid: commerce, arts institutions, art displays, terraced houses … even tattooing. Things we now take for granted in the fabric of our lives. Yet here we glimpse them through the eyes of a society for whom they weren’t yet set in stone. The shape of the urban environment was being defined. Yet there was a burgeoning nostalgia for all things rural, and a hunger for the trappings of other cultures. The decisions of this era still have an impact on our culture today. This material forms part of The Open University course A226 Exploring art and visual culture.

Video
20 mins
Discover more about Gaelic language and culture Creative commons image Icon One Tree Hill Studios under CC-BY-NC-ND licence under Creative-Commons license article icon

Languages 

Discover more about Gaelic language and culture

Our free course extract is a great entry point into the modern culture of this historic language.

Article
Louvre Gallery Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Open2 team article icon

Languages 

Louvre Gallery

An introduction to the Louvre, one of Paris' most famous cultural centres

Article
OU on the BBC: From Here to Modernity - Courses Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC article icon

TV, Radio & Events 

OU on the BBC: From Here to Modernity - Courses

Build on your interest in modern art and architecture with a course from the Open University.

Article