RUSS 208(S) Russian Revolutionary Art (Same as ArtH 266)

From 1910 to 1930 in Russia radical innovation was the order of the day, whether in politics or in art. Such artistic movements as Cubo-Futurism, Suprematism, and Constructivism profoundly influenced the development of twentieth-century art throughout the western world, just as the 1917 Russian Revolution upset the world's political balance. By examining the artistic theories behind such utilitarian arts as posters, book, and industrial design, this course will investigate the relationship between artistic production and politics. The course will coincide with a major exhibition of twentieth-century graphic design at the Williams College Museum of Art, affording students the opportunity to examine many original Russian artworks firsthand. Requirements: active class participation, two 3- to 5-page papers, one class presentation, and a final 10- to 15-page paper or final exam. No prerequisites. No prior knowledge of Russian art or culture is necessary.