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Anthropology of Art
ANTH 222
Spring 2009
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: ARHA 261

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.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS ANTH
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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