Anthropology of Art|
This class explores the social relationships among art, artists, and the larger society. Art provides a society much more than expressions of beauty; it also creates and maintains social values in surprisingly complex ways. The way we look at art is conditioned by social practices, contexts and modes of support that we are largely unaware of; we look through sets of cultural filters that prepare us for an aesthetic experience. The course is divided into four units: (1) an introduction to anthropological approaches to art; (2) an examination of verbal art, storytelling, and oral performance; (3) an exploration of the idea of an art world; (4) and, finally, a close look at the current practices and critiques of museum exhibition. Each unit suggests critical approaches to art and its creative presentation in contemporary societies.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (SISP-Anth Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Becker, ART WORLDS, UCBerkeley, 1982
Arnold, ART AS TECHNOLOGY: THE ARTS OF AFRICA, OCEANIA, NATIVE AMERICA, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Midterm exam, 15-page final paper, weekly précis, participation in class web page.
|Instructor(s): Dowdey,Patrick Times: ..T.R.. 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: PAC136; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 30||SR major: 5||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 13||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 4||SO: 5||FR: 8|
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