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Author: Aleisha Olson

This lesson will explore the meaning of Postmodernism in art.

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This lesson introduces the movement of Postmodernism and discusses the differences between Modernism and Postmodernism in the arts.

Source: mage of Duchamp, Fountain, Public Domain,; Image of Levine, Fountain (After Marcel Duchamp, A.P.), Photo by Cea, Creative Commons,

Notes on "Postmodernism"



Terms to Know

An artmaking process takes or “borrows” objects or images from everyday life and reassigns their context.


A technique of creating artwork in a space that creates an immersive experience.

Institutional Critique

A process of formalized evaluation.


A 20th-century art movement that parts from past artistic traditions and does not adhere to any one style, having characteristics that include abstraction, order, minimalism, and rigid formalism.


The idea of being unique, new, or inventive.


A 20th-century philosophy and art movement characterized by qualities that include politics, appropriation, installation, and non-traditional materials.