This course explores the intellectual, expressive, and aesthetic issues involved in the creation of contemporary art from the historical context of modernism and the current arena of visual culture. The focus of the course is to engage in written analysis and critical conversations about contemporary art by examining the art of pivotal 20th and 21st century artists and art movements that have redefined our ideas about art and the creative process. Through lectures, discussions, readings, written assignments, group critiques, studio art projects, and attendance at professional art exhibitions the class will address the following questions: What is Art? What developments influenced shifts in artistic practices? In what way(s) do I understand a particular artist's creative pursuit? What ideas are manifested by curating a collection of art works into an exhibition? Affiliate department: Art.