ARTH369 Contemporary European & Italian Art, Daria Filardo, Spring 2020 | SACI College of Art & Design Florence

ARTH369 Contemporary European & Italian Art, Daria Filardo, Spring 2020

The goal of the course is to gain historical and critical familiarity with the complexity of image representation and conceptual art investigations.

Upon successful completion of this course, the students will be able to:

  • describe a work of art with appropriate vocabulary and knowledge of related concepts
  • discuss the interrelationships among style, subject matter, time period, and geographical location
  • develop an understanding of philosophical, theoretical, and critical issues in relation to contemporary art
  • improve their ability to understand, interpret, and criticize art creatively and flexibly
  • improve their ability to think critically
  • develop communication skills and effective discussion methods through class participation


There will be a written midterm and a final examination. Please pay attention to the scheduled dates. There will be no rescheduling of exams. Students are requested to do an oral presentation on a topic discussed with the instructor.

Graduate Students
Students in MFA, MA, and Post-Bac programs are expected to complete additional assignments and to produce work at a level appropriate for students in a graduate program. They are graded accordingly and, if they successfully complete all course requirements for graduate students, receive graduate-level credit for the course.

Field Trips

Field trips in Florence and in other cities in Italy, and visits to selected contemporary art exhibitions related to the course matter will be held during the course. 


There is no need to purchase a textbook for this course. All readings are provided by the instructor and kept in the SACI Worthington Library.


Week 1 

Thursday, January 16
Introduction. Presentation of the course. Student presentation. Reading to be discussed next class: "The Work of Art in the Age of Its Mechanical Reproduction,'" Walter Benjamin

Week 2

Thursday, January 23
Discussion on the readings.
Minimalism, pragmatic spaces, and new spatial thinking.

Week 3

Thursday, January 30
Conceptual art: Words, language, structure, photography.

Week 4

Thursday, February 6
Happenings and performance in the '60s/'70s.

Week 5

Thursday, February 13
Arte Povera: The Italian way of processing history and materials.

Week 6

Monday, February 20
Feminist perspectives. The look of the other introduces another gaze.

Week 7

Monday, February 27
Midterm Exam.


Week 8

MIDTERM BREAK for undergraduates (February 29 - March 8)


Week 9

Thursday, March 12
Visit to exhibition Thomas Saraceno Palazzo Strozzi.

Week 10

Thursday, March 19 .
The '80s: The return of painting

Week 11

Thursday, March 26
Global perspectives in art after 1989

Week 12

Thursday, April 2
Art, Politics, Participation.

Week 13

Thursday, April 9
Final Presentations

Week 14

Thursday, April 16
Final presentations.

Week 15

Thursday, April 23
Final exam.


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