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    Course Number: R1B Section 6 | CCN: 21539

    Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Subversive Interventions at the Intersection: Latin American and Latinx Art, 1960 onward

    Lesdi C. Goussen Robleto

    Tuesday, Thursday: 5:00-6:30pm

    Beginning with the political climate and social movements generated during the 1960s, this course takes a hemispheric approach to examine how Latin American and Latinx artists have turned to art to challenge structures of power during times of violence, dictatorship, and social repression. By putting Latin American and Latinx artists in conversation, the course centers on intergenerational, transnational practices and aesthetic proposals. We will look at works that draw on pop, minimalism, conceptualism, body art, fiber practices, photography, and performance–and that explore the intersection of place, race, gender, ability, and sexuality. We will consider how artists disrupt dominant movements and discourses by exposing the role that white supremacy and hetero-patriarchal structures play in conditioning everyday life and worldviews. To guide our analysis, we will learn feminist methods and anti-colonial perspectives as we engage with a broad range of scholarship, including manifestos, poetry, short stories, interviews, and exhibition essays. We will also learn diverse modes of visual analysis that will enable us to interpret artworks within local and global contexts to explore how art is mobilized as a mode of testimony, critique, intervention, and worldmaking praxis.
    This R1B course will help you develop your writing and research skills. Throughout the course, you will complete scaffolded writing assignments that will incrementally grow in length and complexity. You will be asked to share drafts and conduct peer reviews as part of the revision process. The goal of these activities is to practice critical generosity with your peers and further develop your writing. Through course materials, you will learn close reading skills that will enable you to mobilize your research to support an argument. This process will culminate in a final project, which will take the form of a 10-12 page undergraduate term paper. The final paper will demonstrate your ability to explore a research question, map an argument by bridging your visual analysis and research skills, and produce compelling and effective writing.

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