Classes

MUSE E-143 Pain, Suffering, and Empathy in the Art Museum

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2019

How might encounters with works of art in the museum be an opportunity to meaningfully engage with difficult issues surrounding pain and suffering? Such encounters are most often deployed within art museums as part of a program to teach or foster empathy, often with medical students or physicians, for example, and studies are currently underway to determine whether or not this is possible (and effective). This course draws on a project underway at the Harvard Art Museum and interrogates what is meant by empathy in the museum context, and how thinking critically about pain and suffering...

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MUSE E-142 The Body in the Art Museum

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2018

Artists have always engaged with the body, but how are we to engage with their work in the context of the art museum? This active learning weekend takes advantage of the world-class collections at the Harvard Art Museums to consider artistic approaches to the body as both subject and object. We take a critical approach to understanding how works of art related to the body are curated, exploring broad issues in critical museology and actively examining how the body has been conceptualized, contextualized, represented, and materialized in works of art across media, time, space, and culture...

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