Decade in Focus: Painting in the 1980s

WED, Feb 8, 2017
6:30–8 pm

Floor Three, Seminar Room, Laurie M. Tisch Education Center; and Floor Eight, Tuft Trustee Room

Inspired by works on view in Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s, this course explores the wide-ranging artistic practices that defined the 1980s and have shaped the contemporary American art world. This pivotal decade continues to influence the art of today. We will examine Street Art, the art scenes of the Lower East Side and the East Village, AIDS activism, feminism, and the return of painting. Artists to be featured include Jean-Michel Basquiat, the Guerilla Girls, Susan Rothenberg, Nancy Spero, David Wojnarowicz, and Martin Wong. 

Instructor: Paula Burleigh is a Joan Tisch Senior Teaching Fellow at the Whitney and a PhD candidate in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center. Paula has taught adult education courses at the Museum of Modern Art, as well as undergraduate courses in Art History and the History of Photography at CUNY Baruch College, Hunter College, and Bard High School Early College. 

Three–session course: 

Option 1: Wednesdays, February 8, 15 and 22
6:30–8 pm 

Option 2: Thursdays, February 9 (postponed)*, 16 and 23
2–3:30 pm

Enrollment: $325
Members: $250

Please email for inquiries and information about this course.

*Due to the snow storm, the Thursday, February 9 course session has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 1 at 2-3:30pm. We apologize for any inconvenience and are happy to prorate the course fee if you are not able to join the make-up session. Please email with any questions.

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