HA+100+Syllabus+1+08 - History of Art 100 INTRODUCTION TO...

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History of Art 100 INTRODUCTION TO ART Winter 2007 Winter 2008, M/W/F, 12:00-1:00, Angell D Prof. Howard Lay 120D Tappan Hall hglay@umich.edu Office Hours: T/Th 2:45- 3:45pm (and by appointment) Prof. Martin Powers 120A Tappan Hall mpow@umich.edu Office Hours: Monday, 3-4 in  Tappan; 4-5 in Amers at the  Union GSIs: Katie Brion (kth@umich.edu) Melanie Garcias Sympson  ( mgarcias@umich.edu ) Course Description Students taking this course will acquire the basic tools they need for approaching any tradition of visual  culture, but in particular that portion of visual culture which has been set aside for its quality and cultural  significance.  The course confronts head-on the problem of valuation (quality) in the arts, along with  other thorny but fundamental issues such as pictorial illusion or different cultural constructions of “Art.”  The problem of “Art” will be approached under three broad rubrics: representation, functions of art, and  the making of art.  Under these headings students will learn to “see” art through a variety of prisms,  including realism, abstraction, narrative, landscape, religion, politics, love, and the status of the artist,  among others.  Lectures will be arranged topically rather than chronologically, with broad geographic  representation so that students will learn to approach problems such as illusion, ornament, or the artist’s  social status as generic to the making of art rather than the flower of any particular national genius.  The  comparative framework will provide ample opportunity for discussion and debate around issues of 
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HA+100+Syllabus+1+08 - History of Art 100 INTRODUCTION TO...

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