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American Avant-Garde

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The emergence of a distinct American perspective on “modern” visual culture in the aftermath of World War II realized several innovations that confronted traditions with respect to media and subject matter. As society moved into the later 20th century, further challenges to notions of beauty and personal identity complicated the public’s perceptions of “art.” Please join us for a three-part survey of projects developed by individuals including Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Judy Chicago, and Robert Mapplethorpe, guiding us toward an appreciation of this seminal period that redirected the possibilities for creative expression at a unique moment in American history.


Tuition: $35.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Fridays, Apr. 17, 24; May 1 *10:00am - noon* (3 sessions)


CSUMB at Ryan Ranch, 8 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Monterey


Gamble Madsen, Ph.D., is the art history instructor at Monterey Peninsula College. She earned a doctorate from USC in medieval art history, a master's degree from George Washington University in museum studies, and specializes in the visualization of Christian theology.