Winston C Kyan
ART H 309
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.
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.