MUSE E-142: The Body in the Art Museum




  • Course Description:¬†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. The format of this three-day intensive course involves close looking, sketching, active discussions, critical viewing, and participant presentations. There are pre-course readings, listed on the syllabus, and a final written paper due after the weekend has concluded.
  • Friday, November 1, 5:00pm-8:00pm
  • Saturday, November 2, 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Sunday, November 3, 9:00am-1:00pm
    On-campus Active Learning Weekend.
    Students must be present for the entire three-day weekend to earn credit for this course. Final paper due Monday, November 18. Tuition does not include hotel accommodations, transportation, or meals. See Visiting Campus and Finding Housing for information about visiting Cambridge. International Students see important visa information.