ARTH 249
Introduction to Visual Cultures of Contact Spring 2019
Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
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This introductory lecture course will survey the visual and material products of European contact with Asia, Oceania, Africa, and the Americas between 1500 and 1900. This period witnessed the establishment and loss of Spanish, English, and French colonies, a proliferation of exploratory voyages, and the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade. Some of our objects of study will be European in origin from well-known artists including Rubens, Velasquez, Reynolds, and Gauguin. In many cases we will be asking questions about circulation–whether we are looking at Tupi featherwork from Brazil brought to Europe, Flemish prints adapted by artists in Central and South America, or tattoos on the bodies of people traveling to and from Tahiti. Against the backdrop of these context-specific case studies, students will be asked to consider contact, colonialism, exchange, and appropriation more conceptually.
The Class: Type: lecture
Limit: 20
Expected: 10
Class#: 3042
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: midterm exam, final exam, five 1-page assignments, research paper (7- to 9-pages)
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Art majors
Distributions: Division I Difference, Power, and Equity

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