Art Discussions with Dale Fisher | Curator With The University of Iowa Museum of Art


Monday, October 23, 2017 | 6:30pm | Maquoketa Art Experience

Free and Open to the Public


Session 1 :  Art as an Instrument of Change      


“Art is a means by which a collective abstraction ̶   society ̶   acquires a memory and a conscience.”  E. B. Feldman

Artists have raised their voices over the political, social, and cultural events of their times, providing a frame of reference for collective experiences of the individual and society in the process of incremental and revolutionary transformation. The course is an exploration of iconic masterpieces from the canon of art history ̶ alongside popular culture from the world of film, music, newspapers and television ̶ that provides an inquiry into the intersection of twentieth and twenty-first century milestones, crises, and creative vision.


Morning in America: 1980 to the Present

                             explores a more guerilla-style of activism in art with a social agenda. Social inequalities give rise

                             to intersectionalism, and the contradictions of capitalism ̶ and the fall

                             of Soviet communism ̶ reignite the antiwar movement at home and

                             abroad. New, and more ephemeral, art forms emerge to give

                             expression to contemporary concerns in the pre- and post-9/11 world.

On the Road: Postwar America, Civil Rights, and Identity Politics

                             or-the contradictory facets of post-war optimism and a prevailing sense

                             of fatalistic existentialism as the arts and culture reflected growing

                             prosperity and  a Cold War mindset.

Patriotic Mythologies: The Great Depression and World War II

                             looks at Depression-era American art, known as Regionalism or “Rural

                             Modernism,” the isolationist 1930s and the Allies’ action on the world

                             stage in the fight against Fascism, and the center of the art world

                             moved to New York City.

Birth of the Modern World: 1900 through World War I in Europe and America 

                            traces early years of the last century, from the descriptive

                            works of the Ashcan School painters through the modernists of the

                            Alfred Stieglitz circle, from the editorial cartoonists of periodicals to

                            Soviet film directors.

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