Anthropology of Art|
Spring 2010 not offered
This class will explore the social relationships among art, artists, and society. In every society art provides much more than an expression of beauty; it also creates and maintains social values in surprisingly profound ways. The way we look at art is conditioned by social practices and contexts 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 thought on 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 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: (ARST)(SISP-Anth Conc)
Becker, ART WORLDS, UCBerkeley, 1982
Arnold, ART AS TECHNOLOGY: THE ARTS OF AFRICA, OCEANIA, NATIVE AMERICA, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
|Examination and Assignments: |
Midterm exam, 15-page final paper, weekly précis, participation in class web page.
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