Picasso to Kahlo: Transatlantic Dialogues (V4118BD)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

You will explore around 50 years in the history of 20th-century art and visual culture. During this period, the exchange between European and American artists intensified.

We start with the shocking art of Dada artists in New York (Marcel Duchamp, Francis Picabia, Man Ray and the Baroness Elsa von Freytag). Then, to Paris to examine the queer enclave of American artists and critics (Romaine Brooks and Gertrude Stein).

Passing via the Degenerate Art exhibition in Munich, we’ll return to New York and discuss the significant role of Peggy Guggenheim in supporting artists who fled from Nazi Europe (Leonora Carrington, Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, Joan Miró).

We’ll also examine the works of African-American artists in Paris and Berlin (Josephine Baker), the anti-colonial manifestos written by artists in Latin America and the controversial murals of socialist Mexican artists in New York and Detroit (José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo).


100%: Seminar


70%: Coursework (Essay)
30%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 24 hours of contact time and about 126 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


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