Classes

The Body in Art: From Ideal to Real

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2014

This course explores how artists have idealized, humanized, and celebrated the naked and nude human form over the centuries. Taking advantage of local museum collections, we will consider the tradition of the flawless classical god and goddess, how modern artists like Manet, Degas, Matisse and Picasso transgressed it, and, finally, how contemporary artists continue to radically transform the nude today. No experience with art history is necessary.

The Body in Art: From Ideal to Real

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2014

This course explores how artists have idealized, humanized, and celebrated the naked and nude human form over the centuries. Taking advantage of local museum collections, we will consider the tradition of the flawless classical god and goddess, how modern artists like Manet, Degas, Matisse and Picasso transgressed it, and, finally, how contemporary artists continue to radically transform the nude today. No experience with art history is necessary.

The Body in Art: From Ideal to Real

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2013

This course explores how artists have idealized, humanized, and celebrated the naked and nude human form over the centuries. Taking advantage of local museum collections, we will consider the tradition of the flawless classical god and goddess, how modern artists like Manet, Degas, Matisse and Picasso transgressed it, and, finally, how contemporary artists continue to radically transform the nude today. No experience with art history is necessary.

Orientalism in Art, Literature, & Film

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2013

Western stereotypes of the Middle East conjure up images of Aladdin and his lamp, bustling bazaars and vast deserts, mysterious women in veils and sinister men in turbans. This course will investigate the nineteenth-century origins and later life of these stereotypes, examining works by Ingres, Delacroix, Renoir, Sargent, Flaubert and Wilde to unearth the meanings, motives, and implications of Orientalist art and literature. Finally, we will consider later manifestations of (and reactions to) Orientalism in film-from its earliest days to the present-including The Sheik, Lawrence of Arabia...

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Orientalism in Art, Literature, & Film

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2012

Western stereotypes of the Middle East conjure up images of Aladdin and his lamp, bustling bazaars and vast deserts, mysterious women in veils and sinister men in turbans. This course will investigate the nineteenth-century origins and later life of these stereotypes, examining works by Ingres, Delacroix, Renoir, Sargent, Flaubert and Wilde to unearth the meanings, motives, and implications of Orientalist art and literature. Finally, we will consider later manifestations of (and reactions to) Orientalism in film-from its earliest days to the present-including The Sheik, Lawrence of Arabia...

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Art & the Nude

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2012

This course explores how the representation of the nude in modern art broke with the past and fundamentally reshaped the cultural landscape of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Taught in conjunction with the "Degas and the Nude" exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, we first consider the tradition of the flawless goddess, how artists like Manet, Cezanne, Matisse and Picasso transgressed it, and, finally, how contemporary artists continue to radically transform the nude today.

Art & the Nude

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2011

This course explores how the representation of the nude in modern art broke with the past and fundamentally reshaped the cultural landscape of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Taught in conjunction with the "Degas and the Nude" exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, we first consider the tradition of the flawless goddess, how artists like Manet, Cezanne, Matisse and Picasso transgressed it, and, finally, how contemporary artists continue to radically transform the nude today.

Re-Discovering the Impressionists

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2011

This course will recover the radical reputations of Manet, Monet, Degas, and Renoir as well as explore the vital artistic circles in which they moved-reading selections by Baudelaire, Mallarme, and Zola. We will examine the vanguard movements of Realism and Impressionism in terms of major changes in nineteenth-century society, including: industrialization, Parisian urbanism, photography, the status of women, and the institutions of art. Finally, we will address Impressionism's contentious reception and blue-chip status today.

Re-Discovering the Impressionists

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2010

We see Impressionist paintings everywhere; selling for millions at auction, hanging reverently in museums and decorating dorm rooms, they are conventional, beloved—even boring—today.  This acclaim and acceptance is in stark contrast to the critical derision and popular outcry work by artists like Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Berthe Morisot provoked in contemporary audiences.  This course will recover the radical origins of the Impressionists and explore the vital artistic circles in which they moved...... Read more about Re-Discovering the Impressionists