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Art + Design History III: 1945-Present

Course No. ACD 203  Credits: 3.0
Faculty David Hart | Gary D. Sampson | Indra Lacis | Rita Goodman
Prerequisite(s) Art + Design History II: 18th Century-1945 | Art + Design History I: Ancient-18th Century

Examines influential artists and related concepts of art and design from around WWII through the first decade of the new millennium. Discussions focus especially on critical distinctions and meanings of modern, postmodern, and contemporary art, design, and visual culture. Prerequisites ACD 103 and 104. Offered fall.

Art of China

Course No. ACD 365  Credits: 3.0

The primary goal of this course is to explore the art and culture of China (including mainland China and Taiwan). Political, religious, social, and visual aspects of the art will be stressed in class. In order to understand Chinese art and civilization, we will look at art objects from terra-cotta pottery of the Neolithic period, bronze vessels, Buddhist murals and sculptures of the Tang era, literati paintings and imperial tastes of medieval China up to contemporary art. Subjects such as women artists and performing arts will be also discussed in this course. As the semester progresses, some additional readings may be assigned. Visual Culture Emphasis course.

Art of East Asia

Course No. ACD 373X  Credits: 3.0

This lecture/discussion-style course is to explore the art and visual culture of East Asia, focusing on Japan and China. Political, religious, social, and visual aspects of the art will be stressed in class. In order to understand art and civilization of these two countries, we will look at art objects from ancient archeological objects, medieval architecture, to modern and contemporary art. Subjects such as women artists, performing arts and animation will be also discussed in this course. Visual Culture Emphasis course. Fulfills non-Western art history requirement.

Art of the Personal Essay

Course No. LLC 373W  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Adrianne Hopes | Daniel Tranberg

In this workshop course we will work on developing an understanding of the personal essay as a distinct yet flexible nonfictional genre, one possessing its own characteristics and contours that distinguish it from other literary forms. You will also work in this course on the craft of writing and revising your own personal essays. To these ends, we will be reading a number of works that demonstrate the essay’s protean adaptability. Texts will be drawn from Phillip Lopate’s anthology The Art of the Personal Essay, as well as from other sources, including selected blogs, nonfictional texts by visual artists, as well as the online compilation Quotidiana. (H/CS)(CWC)

Art, Craft, Design History Emphasis: Senior Research Paper

Course No. ACD 415  Credits: 3.0

Research paper required of seniors pursuing the Visual Culture Emphasis. Not open as an elective. Offered spring. Pass/fail.

Arts Journalism

Course No. LLC 205WX  Credits: 3.0

In this elective course, students will study various forms and stages of writing about art for publication. In addition to reading and discussing effective examples of published writings on art, students will produce a total of 20 pages of writing throughout the semester in the form of reviews, interviews, profiles, and feature stories. Students will alternately function as writers and editors as they produce written work that is expressly conceived and shaped for publication. Through reading and writing assignments, discussions, and in-class exercises, students will gain a well-rounded knowledge of arts journalism from multiple vantage points: as readers, writers, and editors. Students will gain experience in producing finished articles that can be published online through various websites and blogs, eventually including CIA's own online journal. As a Sophomore writing elective, this course will fulfill LLC 104 requirement and also serve as a valuable component of CIA's new writing concentration. Fulfills Humanities/Cultural Studies distribution requirement. Creative Writing Concentration course.

Asian Art Survey

Course No. ACD 372  Credits: 3.0

This course serves as a "survey" or a window for the art of multiple cultures. This lecture/exercise/discussion-style course explores the art and visual culture of Asia, focusing on India, Japan and China. Political, religious, social, and visual aspects of art will be stressed in class. In order to understand the art and civilization of these three countries, we will look at art objects ranging from ancient archaeological finds, medieval architecture to modern and contemporary art. Subjects such as women artists, performing arts and animation will also be discussed in this course. The content of this course will be generally divided into pre-Modern, Modern, and Contemporary eras in which art and visual culture will be discussed with geographic perspectives. As the semester progresses, some additional readings and films may be assigned. Each student is encouraged to find examples learned in the course and apply them to his/her intellectual development. Visual Culture Emphasis course.

Autobiographical Narrative in African Literature

Course No. LLC 207W  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Olatubosun Ogunsanwo

This course consists of six first-person accounts, which highlight the socio-historical and psychological significance of the autobiographical narrative in the black experience. The autobiographical mode is one of the predominant forms of literary expression in black literature, dating back to the "slave narrative" of the eighteenth century, just as it is in the hands of African artists a prominent literary form that is characterized by its predominantly collective and communal narrative voice. The course will focus on the interface between individual life-story and collective (social) history. It will also consider in the postmodernist sense the thin line between fiction and history (art and life), while exploring individual consciousness as an art of rhetorical self-definition and subjectivity. The last two books include two generational responses to womanist issues; and both of them problematize the autobiographical art-form. There are six videos primarily to provide socio-historical background to the course. The videos, as visual texts, are also meant to create a critical interface with the 6 literary socio-constructs, with a view to stimulating your deep insights into the course. Fulfills Humanities/Cultural Studies distribution requirement. Creative Writing Concentration course.

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