ADVANCED LANGUAGE THROUGH CONTENT: ART AND ARTIFACTS

Syllabus

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This SPAN 3300 course has been designed to promote an intensive exposure to advanced Spanish. Argumentation, narration, description and exposition, among others, are the basic genres included in the syllabus. Students will explore the content through readings, academic writing and oral practice, focusing also on relevant aspects of grammar, discourse and vocabulary.

Georges Didi-Huberman defines art museums as State apparatuses, and art exhibitions as war machines. This statement, however, may lead one to wonder: On what side do those war machines and apparatuses work within the global context? From the nineteenth and twentieth centuries until today, the art spectator is insistently confronted with new and well-calculated exhibition devices, which not only provide a spatial arrangement for the artworks but also foster regulated perceptions of the exhibitions and their contexts.

This course proposes an investigation of the history and power of art exhibitions and their particular function as international political weapons in the Latin American and Spanish contexts. During the semester, we will build a general panorama of artistic projects and exhibitions through which we will think on topics of national identity, commercial relations between countries, and the emergence of new subjectivities.

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