This course will provide a historical overview of visual art throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first, with the aim of establishing a critical dialogue between art of the past and contemporary practices. The course will introduce students to crucial social, political, philosophical, and technological changes that have shaped the development of modern and contemporary art, cultivating an understanding of the complex connections between artistic practices and the diverse contexts they emerge within. The course will examine modern and contemporary art as a global phenomenon, with particular emphasis given to vital moments of artistic exchange between cultures and contested notions of modernity.