4.602 Modern Art and Mass Culture

As taught in: Spring 2004

A black and white photo of President Carter and Andy Warhol.

President Jimmy Carter receives a portrait from the artist Andy Warhol. (Image courtesy of the US National Archives and Records Administration.)




Prof. Caroline Jones

Course Features

Course Description

This class provides an introduction to modern art and theories of modernism and postmodernism. It focuses on the way artists use the tension between fine art and mass culture to mobilize a critique of both. We will examine objects of visual art including painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, and video. These objects will be viewed in their interaction with advertising, caricature, comics, graffiti, television, fashion, folk art, and so-called "primitive" art.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.