ARTS205: 20th-21st Century Art

11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/01/2024

Course Description

This course presents a comprehensive study of the varied art forms from the beginning of the 20th century to the present, focusing upon the major artists and art movements, including Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, Dada, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and Postmodernism. The course will entail an examination of how art is disseminated, understood, and at times, misunderstood. Students will read, write about, and discuss essays, criticism, and interviews covering a wide range of media, and visit artists’ studios and exhibition venues. Two analytical papers based upon studies of the visual images focusing on the agency of the image, the social practices and effects of its viewing and the specificity of views taken by various audiences are required.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


A knowledge of 20th–21st Century Art remains of enormous importance for the historian of western civilization and for the practicing artist. The innovations and masterpieces created during the Modern and Postmodern Periods exemplify foundational cognitive and technical developments that are vital to anyone wishing to understand the western tradition of the visual arts and to work within that tradition intelligently.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Discussions (2)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be at least 300 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and be supported by biblical principles. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to the threads of at least 2 classmates. The replies must be at least 150 words and must also be supported by biblical principles.

Journal Entry Video Tour Assignments (7)

The student will complete video tours through various museums and historic locations. Each assignment must have a journal entry of at least 400 words and contain at least 1 citation in current MLA format. This assignment is intended to familiarize the student with collections of 20th and 21st century work in national and international museums and galleries.

Arts at My Church Blog Assignment (3)

The student will complete 3 assignments based on the use of arts at his or her church location. This may include dance, visual art, music, theatre, or architecture. Each assignment will cover a different art form and include a blog post for the class to view. Each post will contain at least 1 image and a description of at least 150 words of the work at the student’s church.

Virtual Art Exhibit Assignments (5)

The student will visit online museums and galleries that include art from the 20th and 21st century. There are numerous examples in both Christian and secular galleries and museums. Each student will visit 5 virtual art exhibits and write a 100 word summary about the artist from each and include a link to his or her work. 

How Can We Get in Touch?

Request Information

Enter a legal first name
Enter a legal last name
Enter a valid phone number
Select an address from the search above, or use the link below
Grade Level of Interest (select one or more)

By submitting my contact information through this form, I agree that Liberty University (including Liberty University Online Academy) and its affiliates may call me about its offerings and other business matters by any phone number I have provided and may provide in the future, including any wireless number, using automated technology.