ARTH 472
Timelines Fall 2019
Division I

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Art is really time-consuming–to make, to view, to use, to understand. We enshrine it, excavate it, curate it, deploy it and sometimes we deliberately destroy it. We are always telling stories about the stuff. We seem to think that we control these many fabled things, though they meddle endlessly in the spaces between self and other, human and divine. Great art can be inspiring, enabling people to transcend time, or it can be traumatizing, making time stop altogether. Or both! To explore such powers, we will begin in the 19th century, when commonplace notions of past and present wobbled seriously with the invention of photography and the avid pursuit of archaeology. Thereafter, we will operate across time and space, with particular reference to the Middle East, where art has figured in many religions and also many conflicts. There will be no single story-line, but rather a series of case studies and hands-on projects; we will consider materials ranging from iconic paintings and sacred spaces to calendar art and photojournalism.Along the way, creativity and iconoclasm will be recurring themes. Choose this class if you are curious about the agency and power that art wields in our lives.
The Class: Type: This is a seminar that will include making, breaking, and writing as well as discussion of assigned readings
Limit: none
Expected: 10
Class#: 1254
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: regular attendance and active class participation, Glow Posts, term project
Prerequisites: one studio or art history class
Enrollment Preferences: none
Distributions: Division I

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