Art History: Contemporary Art
I. Course Prefix/Number: ART 122
Course Name: Art History: Contemporary Art
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
Content includes major artists, styles and movements from 1945 to the present. Focus is on development of perceptive stylistic analysis and ability to understand a work of art in relation to cultural context.
IV. Learning Objectives
- Identify and classify artworks from the end of the Modern Era to the present.
- Identify and attribute works of art from this period according to date/timeline, region, artist, subject, medium, function, elements, organization and style.
- Analyze art work in relation to its religious, social and cultural context and significance.
- Discuss and integrate lecture and textbook content through class discussion and participation.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
Each instructor will provide a detailed outline with dates, subtopics, readings, and assignment deadlines.
- Formal and Conceptual Elements
- Abstract Expressionism an overview and postwar European
- Nouveau Réalisme and Fluxus
- Taking Chances with Popular culture and 1960's Abstraction
- Modernism in Architecture and Mid-Century
- Conceptual and Activist Art
- Post-Minimalism, Earth Art, and New Imagists
- Painting through History
- New Perspectives on Art and Audience
- Contemporary Art and Globalization
VII. Methods of Instruction
- Illustrated lectures presenting the iconological and formal importance of a work of art.
- Supplementary videos
- Supplementary handouts
- In-class discussion
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
Course may be taught as a face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
- Class attendance and participation
- Readings and homework assignments
- Possible museum field trip or course assignment
- Quizzes and exams
- Research paper
IX. Instructional Materials
Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton’s Schedule of Classes.
Instructors will use a standard Art History text, such as:
- Arnason, H.H. and Elizabeth C. Mansfield. Modern Art Volume I. (Pearson, current edition).
- Davies, P.E. Janson’s History of Art: The Modern World Portable Edition: Book 4, Pearson, current edition)
- Gardner's Art Through the Ages: The Western Perspective, Volume II. (Cengage, current edition)
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
|Quizzes and Exams||= 50%|
|Critical Writing Assignments
(Minimum of 15 written pages)
|100 - 90||= A|
|89 - 80||= B|
|79 - 70||= C|
|69 - 60||= D|
|59 & lower||= F|
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.