Art and Art History 112. Arts of Africa, the Near and Middle East and the Americas
The second half of the required introductory survey of world visual culture for the Art History major examines the art and architecture of Africa, the Near East and the Americas. This interdisciplinary introduction to the discipline examines not only diverse objects and images, but also multiple approaches to understanding visual culture. Each lecture focuses upon a particular object, image or site paradigmatic of a particular period, style, regional school or cultural connection. In addition, students will be exposed to a number of supplemental works within each lecture that will deepen their understanding of the primary works under discussion. Students will be trained to place works of art and architecture within their historical contexts, while also developing a critical vocabulary and familiarity with a variety of interpretive discourses.
(Previously Arts of Africa, Asia and the Americas)