Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Introduction to major forms and trends in the arts and material culture of Asia from the Neolithic to the contemporary emphasizing the visual manifestation of secular and religious ideas and ideals. Not open for credit to students who have completed course 1DV. GE credit: ArtHum, Div | AH, WC, WE.
Art History is the study of the visual arts in civilization. It examines changing values in all fields of visual culture, including painting, sculpture, graphics, photography, architecture, film, the mass media, and forms of popular expression. Its interdisciplinary reach encompasses literature, history, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, gender studies, critical theory, and cultural studies. Art History emphasizes visual as well as verbal and written literacy, providing more than the standard advantages to a liberal arts education.
Visiting scholar Zhang Wenjun, Associate Professor in Humanities College, Nanjing University of the Arts (Jiangsu, China), will discuss her current research on Chinese ceramic “mud babies” in Song Culture. Children signify happiness and hope. In Chinese folk traditions, ceramic sculptures of children have long been popular. Examination of the renowned “mud children” from Song Dynasty Jiangnan reveal important aspects of society of the time.