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Winston C Kyan
ART H 309
Seattle Campus

Topics in ART History

Topics vary.

Class Description

309A Spring 2003: "Chinese Art in Context"

Selected themes in Chinese art from prehistory to the present, with an emphasis on the historical, political and religious context of artworks.

This course provides a selective overview of artistic production in China from prehistoric pottery and jades to experimental installations in contemporary Beijing. While encouraging the close analysis of visual materials and exploring the methods appropriate to interpreting works of art, this course also emphasizes the specific historical, political and religious contexts that produced, used and inspired these materials. Particular attention is given to the role of visual materials in reworking the past to construct present identities.

Recommended preparation

Basic background in art history and/or Chinese civilization.

Class Assignments and Grading

Readings are drawn from an introductory survey text, with supplementary articles determined by the instructor.

Midterm exam, final exam, two short written assignments based on original objects in local museums, class participation.

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Winston C Kyan
Date: 02/14/2003