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10 Chinese Painters You Must Know

Course No. ACD 377X  Credits: 3.0

Giorgio Vasari, the Italian Renaissance painter and writer, provided important information in his Lives of Artists, which gave readers portraits of artists' character and talents. In the same manner, the lives and stories of Chinese painters were documented in records past and present. This course focuses on 10 (& a Plus 1) painters (with their lives, paintings, painting styles, and ideas/theories) and their influences in the development of Chinese painting history past and present Ð for example, Zhao Mengfu (1254-1322 AD) and the movement of "Return to Antiquity" in the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368 AD) and Dong Qichang (1555-1636 AD) and his orthodox "Northern and Southern Schools" in Chinese landscape painting from the 17th century onward. The painters we discuss will range from the 6th to the early 20th centuries AD, and the painting subjects will include figure, bird-&-flower, landscapes, narratives, and miscellaneous ones. Visual Culture Emphasis course.

12 Artists of Post-1950's China

Course No. ACD 357  Credits: 3.0

In 2007, one of Yue Minjun's (b. 1962--) paintings, Execution, was sold for US$ 5.9 million dollars at Sotheby's in London. It became the most expensive work ever by a Chinese contemporary artist, and created a sensation over Chinese Contemporary Art in the Art and Business Worlds. This course will focus on 12 major artists (from Installation, painting, sculpture, performance art, photography and cinema), some of whose works were banned in China, but gained international recognition. The year of 1949 is the year of the split of the PROC (Mainland China) and ROC (Taiwan), and when the Communist Party gained its political legitimacy in Chinese history; we will thus consider with the artistic climate from the 1950s until the present time. All these 12 artists were born between the 1950s and 70s; ten of them went through the Cultural Revolution of the 1970s, and were in exile after the Tian'anmen Incident/Massacre in 1989. Visual Culture Emphasis course.

Abnormal Psychology

Course No. SNS 309  Credits: 3.0

How does the psychological community, the legal community and society at large determine what is abnormal? How do we as individuals make decisions about what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior? How do culture, religion and geographical location influence the definitions of normal behavior? It is these questions and others we will explore in this class examining the diagnosing, treatment and experimental study of psychopathology. Through lectures, case presentation, videos and required readings, you will develop an appreciation, understanding, and knowledge of behavior labeled as "abnormal." You will also enhance critical thinking skills, utilize methods of naturalistic observation and gain a sense of compassion and sensitivity for those who live with mental health disorders.

Advertising + Consumer Culture

Course No. ACD 448  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Rita Goodman

This course will examine advertisements in the print media with respect to various elements, including: economic and social class; race; ethnic identity; age; gender; and sexuality. The course begins with an introduction to the method of analysis called semiotics, the techniques of which will be used to determine how advertisements convey their messages and how they address themselves to particular consumers. In addition to the elements outlined above, we will discuss several recent controversial issues. While this course will not center on a history of advertising, it will treat the historical place of print advertising in a capitalist consumer culture. Interventionist tactics by various artists that attempt to subvert the economic and ideological function of ads will also be examined. Visual Culture Emphasis course.

African American Art

Course No. ACD 334  Credits: 3.0

This course covers African American art from the late 1700s to the present emphasizing the formal qualities of art as well as the social and cultural contexts within which it was created. Lectures and assigned readings are drawn from the scholarship of art history, literature, anthropology and history. We examine works by U.S. Artists of African descent and others who engage aspects of African American life and culture. Visual Culture Emphasis course.

American Crafts History

Course No. ACD 376X  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Mark Bassett

This course will necessarily focus on American crafts. However, an effort will be made to incorporate other expressions (especially non-Western) into the mix too. For example, there are readings in Adamson on the Scandinavian slöjd system, Bauhaus aesthetics, the Japanese concept of mingei, the Indian notion of svadharma, the Mande blacksmiths of West Africa, and subversive (feminist) stitchery, in addition to writings by Anni Albers, Karl Marx, Frank Lloyd Wright, Ellen Gates Starr, George Nakashima, Carole Tulloch, Garth Clark, and many more. Visual Culture Emphasis course.

An Introduction to African Art

Course No. ACD 358  Credits: 3.0
Faculty David Hart | Katherine Flach

This art history course provides an introduction to the visual art traditions of sub-Saharan Africa from ancient cultures to the present. Lectures and readings are drawn from art historical scholarship as well as from other disciplines (anthropology, archaeology, visual culture studies) that provide a sense of the social, political and religious contexts within which the art was created and used. The study of African art from a Western perspective presents questions that are covered in class: When and under what circumstances did “Africa” as a concept emerge? Did Africans consider their works “art” in the same sense that Westerners use that term? How did Western museums acquire African art and how does that inform the way we understand African works? In what ways did colonialism, the spread of Islam and Christianity, pan- Africanism and post-colonial movements affect artistic production? How do we understand modernism in an African context? Fulfills non-Western or cross-cultural art history requirement. Visual Culture Emphasis course.

Anthropology

Course No. SNS 378  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Diane Lichtenstein | Elizabeth Hoag

The course is an introduction to the nature of culture and a comparison of contemporary western and non-western cultures worldwide. Readings, films, slides and class discussion help review cultural similarities and differences in subsistence technology, language, social organization, politics, religion and art. An analysis that views culture as humankind's most important adaptive tool, a strategy for survival, also suggests anthropology's relevance for appreciating modern world social, economic and ecological problems. The course addresses contemporary issues of human choices and culture change.

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Bruce Checefsky

Bruce Checefsky

Director, Reinberger Galleries/Adjunct Faculty

As curator for Reinberger Galleries for more than 20 years, Checefsky has been responsible for developing dist...more

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