Globalization and Contemporary Art

Instructor: Allison Moore

This seminar will examine what is meant by the term "globalization" as it relates to contemporary art. Since the 1990s, a proliferation of international biennials across the globe has contributed to the de-centering of the art world, bumping New York from pride of place as its capital. We will consider theoretical approaches to the discourse of globalization, informed by postcolonial theory, and examine case studies of intersections between the global and the local in various art centers, such as China, Nigeria, Brazil, Canada, UAE, South Africa, India, South Korea, Australia, Mexico, Iceland, Turkey, and the Czech Republic. Throughout the course, we will ask these twin questions: how is globalization manifested in the art world and what is contemporaneity in global art?