No class November 23

Where: The Hampton Inn

Cost: $135.00 for 5 session(s)

Type: In Person


Instructor: -owner of the Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson’s largest and longest running contemporary art gallery.

Political art, taking a stand through the making of art objects, has been a tradition in western culture for centuries. Artists have expressed their strongest opinions on government, freedom, justice, warfare, the environment and the distribution of wealth with the most powerful means at their disposal, often at great personal and professional risk. Despite the objections of art purists who maintain that aesthetics are necessarily compromised when expressing political views, the historic practice of political art has produced hundreds of masterpieces.

Journey through this fascinating body of art history full of beautiful, exciting, shocking and controversial works and the stories behind these works in a series of 5 lectures, from the earliest examples to the current crop of socio/political art.

Guest speakers will include practicing artists, collectors and museum experts.

Week 1: Introduction
A discussion of the relationship of art to politics, the difference between protest and propaganda, artist’s rights and artistic freedom. Classical Greek playwrights, myth making and folklore.

Week 2: History Paintings of the 17th-18th Centuries Paintings, prints and the political cartoon. Revolution! War and Peace, 19th century protests, propaganda and drama.

Week 3: A Rude Awakening
Total War and the New Barbarians, humanitarian crisis, economic ruin.

Week 4: 20th Century Continued
Mexican muralists. The Middle East, Africa, Asia. Equality, fair labor, feminism.

Week 5: The Globalization of Contemporary Art
Post Modernism, Neo-Pop and message as medium. Is this really art?

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