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Art History Registration

Art History: Generations Lost

Susan Asdourian, Upper School Art History

Monday, March 30, 7–8:30 p.m.
Monday. April 27, 7–8:30 p.m.
Art History: Generations Lost can be taken as a one-evening class on either night, or as a two-part course. The instructor designed the classes to work in tandem.
Room 221 (3rd floor of the Wyman Arts Center)

We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will. — Chuck Palahniuk

“Art history is full of artists whose careers, cut short by early death, haunt us with their unfulfilled promise.” So begins a review by Roberta Smith in the New York Times of an exhibit dedicated to the work of the late painter Noah Davis, who died in 2015 at the age of 32.

But the tragedy of a life cut short does not mean a life without consequence or meaning — far from it. In this course we will celebrate the brief, blazing careers of artists whose time was short, but whose impact lives on. We’ll discuss artists from across the ages who worked in a wide variety of media and forms, from luminous Venetian landscapes to activist graffiti art. And in their very human and particular stories, we’ll touch on topics ranging from history-shaping disease (the Black Death and AIDS) to the toxic dangers of late 20th century sculpture materials and sudden fame.

Class time will include short lectures and videos, and much back and forth as we examine works together. No experience is needed; if you have eyes in your head, you have something to say about art. All are welcome!

Tuition for this course is $25.

Participants: minimum of 6 and a maximum of 15.

Note: Class may be cancelled (with a full refund) if enrollment does not meet the minimum. 


This has been cancelled.