ARTH 246
Do You See What I See?! Fall 2017
Division I Exploring Diversity Initiative
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We are all citizens of global visual culture, subject to a daily assault of images, artifacts, information and experiences. What we see and how we make meaning from it all depends on many variables–who we are, where we are and what we choose to look at. It also depends on what tools we bring to bear. This class is an opportunity to assemble a useful tool kit for the challenging visual environments of the 21st century. Image study will be central as we wander freely in space and time, but the goal is not to master a body of canonical examples. Rather, we will consider different ways of seeing, and practice transferable skills of viewing diverse materials. The approach will be comparative and interrogative; case studies will range from coinage to painting, from advertising to monumental sculpture. Along the way, we will consider what “art” is, what a visual culture is, and how different visual cultures might overlap in the global arena. Students will look, sketch and write throughout the semester, thereby exploring the entire spectrum of visuality from production to reception.
The Class: Type: lecture/discussion
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1671
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: short writing assignments and class presentations
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: none
Distributions: Division I Exploring Diversity Initiative

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