HAA 173K - Stranger than Fiction





Carrie Lambert-Beatty

Tuesdays, 12:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Is there an art history of post-truth? False personas, invented figures, museums of unnatural history and other fictive phenomena fill the annals of contemporary art. How do decades of factually-presented fictions, and thousands of temporarily deceived viewers, relate to the cultural changes that generated “truthiness,” “fake news” and “The Death of Truth”? In this course you’ll learn about installation art, conceptual art, photography, performance and video, while mapping out varieties of fact-based, fictional, and parafictional art, and debating their implications for art history— and for everyday life. (Note: class can be taken for credit in either HAA or AFVS;  total enrollment limited to 18.)