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VISIONARIES LECTURE SERIES 2020/2021
TAKIN’ IT TO THE STREETS
Monuments, Memorials, and Murals
100 Years of Public Art
Painted Walls and Sculpted Spaces
Lecturer: Monica Jovanovich
October 5 – November 9, Mondays, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Lectures will be delivered live on Zoom.
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The Fall 2020 session explores the many forms public art took in the United States over the 20th century. We will start with how public art shifted from largely commemorative civic statues and decorative wall paintings to narrative murals featuring local history in the early part of the century. Traversing the ‘30s and ‘40s, we will examine WPA public art, the murals of the Harlem Renaissance, and examples of Mexican Muralism by José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros with special attention paid to their work in California. Focus will then shift to the ‘50s and the rise of corporations as commissioning bodies of public art following World War II. Consideration will be given to the successes and failures of such corporate patronage including JP Morgan Chase (Alexander Calder & Jean Dubuffet), the Standard Oil Company of Ohio (Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen), and IBM (Corita Kent). Moving into the '60s and '70s, we will explore the murals found in communities of color across the United States, the content of which was tied directly to national and local struggles for civil rights and social justice. Turning to the ‘80s and ‘90s, public art became increasingly connected to political activism with examples ranging from the AIDS quilt to Barbara Kruger’s billboards to the posters of ACT UP and the Guerrilla Girls. The Fall series will conclude with a look at how public art commemorates and memorializes, sometimes invoking controversy. Case studies that will be discussed include the 9/11 Memorial in New York, the Vietnam Veterans and Martin Luther King Memorials in Washington D.C., and Holocaust memorials in both the United States and Europe.
Monica Jovanovich is an art historian whose research examines the intersections of public art and corporate patronage in the United States with a focus on 20th century Los Angeles. She has written and presented widely on the topic of corporate art commissions including most recently as co-editor of a volume on the corporate patronage of art and architecture in the United States published by Bloomsbury. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego and is currently Instructor of Art History at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, CA. Previously, she was a Teaching Fellow at Millsaps College in Jackson, MS and the Managing Director of the Haudenschild Garage, a contemporary art space and non-profit art foundation in San Diego. She is currently a member of the Director’s Circle at CSUF’s Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana and was a board member of the Association of Historians of American Art.