10:30 AM to 11:45 AM MW
Mason Korea G106
Section Information for Fall 2021
This course provides an introduction to the visual arts. Through considering material products of human creativity from prehistory to the present, we will learn to analyze and interpret the visual evidence of history. In our first unit on art theory, we will study varied historical perspectives on what constitutes art to better understand what art means today. In our second unit, we survey objects that commonly populate dominant narratives of art history, emphasizing what their material and form communicate about the societies that produced, circulated, and preserved them. Our third unit considers unsettled issues in the visual arts, including the provincialism of art history, the necessity of the canon, and the social role of the arts and art museums. Our class meetings will involve lectures, discussion, and a great deal of inquisitive looking at objects. We will complement our classroom learning with experiential learning by visiting two art museums: The National Museum of Korea and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.