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If you aren't an Art major, don't take it. Seriously, most people on here have pretty much summed up what the class is like. Very monotone, very long, takes no direction, I didn't think the readings were helpful or relevant to what he would talk about in class. He spent 50% of the class reading from different books and notes. Just no. I thought some of the topics he covered were interesting but in the end, I would just get sleepy and wish I would have never signed up. He is super nice and obviously smart but the class was just not that great. Also, it's impossible to guess what will be on the exam.
By far the worst class I've ever taken here. The lectures are so boring it's almost torturous and worse, they're THREE HOURS long. The professor's voice is so monotonous that it's nearly impossible not to fall asleep, especially since the class was offered on a Friday morning. The professor is not at all concerned that students succeed in his class; rather, he just reads almost verbatim from the textbook. I highly recommend skipping this class if you are not an art major, and in doing so, you will save yourself ten weeks of pure misery and hell.
Jan Tumlir - MODERNISM 31A-C. Unfortunately this class is required for Art majors. It's a pity. This class is pretty much an Art History class from Hell... His lectures are incredibly disorganized and very hard to follow. Also very long and boring... The majority of the lecture he read quotes/outside sources from his notes that are extremely complex and long. It's almost impossible to know/follow what he is talking about.
A TYPICAL DAY IN MODERNISM: It seems like he reads a couple quotes from some old people about a work of art, then moves on to another one, then refers back to that previous painting with another quote for twenty minutes with no relation to anything we've been talking about, then jumps back to something completely different then leaves off and talks about another thing that doesn't make sense, then refers to the first painting suggestion an idea that isn't finished, then talks about the fourth, then to the second, then to a painting we talked about last week, then reads a little quote about this other work that has completely no relation to anything we've been talking about, then reads another quote about the 2nd work... for three. straight. hours. He is a pretty chill guy, but his tone of voice is just so subtle and soft, you can't help to just fall asleep or just zone off. The readings assigned outside of class are impossible (very complex analysis of works of art since 1900 and Art in theory), and books are expensive! Probably the only positive thing about the class is that it is only once a week.
Worst class i've taken at UCLA, if you aren't required to take this class because you are an art major...DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS. i literally learned about modern art from 1900-1920 for 10 weeks. the lectures were long (3 hrs of hell) and boring as heck. They should call this class 'modern bullshitting'. This is a 3 part year long class but you can take 31A to fulfill the performing and visual arts GE. I'm so bummed that I wasted that GE on this class, there are WAY better options out there. Do yourself a favor and skip this one.