Term: Spring 2021 - Full Term (02/01/2021 - 05/11/2021)
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This class will examine the appearance and significance of portraiture in visual culture from antiquity 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 instrument: students 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.