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Fall 2018 & Spring 2019
Tuesdays 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Announcing New Class for 2018-2019: WORLD ON FIRE: 1968-Now

A half century on, this class examines the intersection of art, design, and politics in 1968, the mythic year of global upheaval. Nearly simultaneously, signal events erupted on multiple continents: "May 1968" in France, the Tet Offensive, the murder of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Tlatelolco Massacre in Mexico City, riots at the Democratic National Convention here in Chicago, the Soviet Union?s invasion of Czechoslovakia, and Mao Zedong's "Up to the Mountains, Down to the Countryside" movement. The course draws connections to recent events and to what we might broadly call "the contemporary." The class is team-taught by four members of the art history faculty each semester in order to draw on their individual areas of expertise, and has units that focus on the art, design, and history of Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Innovative in its structure, the class begins each meeting with a shared presentation for all students that is followed by small seminars led by the teaching faculty. 

This class can be taken as either a fall or spring stand-alone course or as a single year-long intensive study, since the teaching faculty and course material vary by semester. There is a dedicated seminar for graduate students. Standard art history learning goals, course objectives, and assessment practices apply.

Fall 2018: Faculty teaching the class are Delinda Collier (SAIC Scholars section), Nora Taylor (graduate section), Seth Kim-Cohen, and Mechtild Widrich

Select topics include:

The Vietnam War in US and Vietnamese Art
The Wall and Iron Curtain (a divided Germany)
Expanded Practices and Urban Activism
Steven Biko and Black Consciousness
1967 First World Festival of Negro Art
Chicago '68
Screenings: The Year of the Pig, The Act of Killing, The Night James Brown Saved Boston, Medium Cool
Spring 2019: Faculty teaching the class are David Raskin (graduate section), Jennifer D. Lee, Sampada Aranke, and Bess Williamson

Select readings and topics include:
cultural revolution in China and its (mis)interpretations

Black Power in the US and Africa
Hippie Modernism
Origins of Social Design
Dropouts and Cults
Screenings: Easy Rider, 2046 (Wong Kar-Wai)

Day of Service

Join us on March 30 for SAIC’s third annual day of service dedicated to the Homan Square community.

March 12, 2018

U.S. Pavilion at Biennale Architettura 2018 Announces Details of Architects’ Projects for Dimensions of Citizenship

Chicago, March 13, 2018—The U.S. Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, commissioned by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and The University of Chicago (UChicago), today announced new details about the exhibition Dimensions of Citizenship. The exhibition’s curators have commissioned seven architecture practices to explore how citizenship may be defined, constructed, enacted, contested, or expressed in the built environment at seven different spatial scales.

March 3, 2018

SAIC Raises More Than $615,000 at 'Beautiful Night' Auction and Benefit

CHICAGO–The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), a global leader in art and design education, raised more than $615,000 at its first faculty and alumni art auction and benefit. Proceeds from the auction contribute to Beautiful/Work: The Campaign for SAIC, an initiative to raise $50 million for increased scholarship opportunities, faculty support, and programming.    Highlights from the auction and benefit included:

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February 5, 2018

Uncertain Times Have Chicagoans Turning to History

CHICAGO–Following a year where many Americans harbored growing doubts about global stability and international relations, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is offering a rare introspective of the Vietnam War through a film series at its Gene Siskel Film Center for students and members of the public. Marking the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive, one of the largest military campaigns of the Vietnam War, Apocalypse Then: The Vietnam War on Film features a new film about the Vietnam and Cambodian Wars each week, followed by a discussion. 

January 26, 2018

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Announces Spring Season of Conversations at the Edge Experimental Media Series

CHICAGO—Beginning February 15, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) critically acclaimed series Conversations at the Edge will host a distinguished lineup of screenings, performances and talks by groundbreaking artists who exemplify the boundary-blurring nature of experimental media.


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