ARTS 400 (01) - Topics in Art History

Top in Art History/Portraiture

Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2019 - Full Term (01/22/2019 - 05/06/2019)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   35  
CRN: 56765
Art History will be presented thematically. At least three distinct chronological periods will be treated; students will develop research skills and give oral presentations. Topics will vary: "Art Writers: Their Sources and Their Effects; " "Rome from Romulus to the Fascists," "Cults of the Original and Cultures of the Copy." Repeatable up to a maximum of 12 credits with different topics. May count toward the architectural minor if papers take the appropriate emphasis.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.
Only listed campus in section: Durham, Manchester
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course, Fine&PerformingArts(Discovery)
Instructors: STAFF

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/22/2019 5/6/2019 TR 4:10pm - 5:30pm PCAC A204
Additional Course Details: 

This class will examine the appearance and significance of portraiture in visual culture from the Renaissance to the contemporary era of digital production, with special attention to themes of power, memory, and identity.  Among other topics, this class will consider four specific sets of issues: 

• The human face as a political instrumentstudents will discuss how depictions of the face reflect changing social and political relations. 

• The human face as an affective instrument: students will discuss how artists make the human face into a site of emotional and affective communication. 

• The human face as a contested identity: students will address how artists manipulate the representation of the human face to challenge constructions of gender, race, and class identity

• The human face in digital technology: students will examine how the digital revolution changed the significance of the human face in contemporary media culture.