Syllabus - ARTH 275: Art and Archaeology of Africa...

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ARTH 275: Art and Archaeology of Africa University of Maryland-College Park Autumn 2010 Dr. Shannen Hill 301-405-7720 Assistant Professor shill@umd.edu Art History of Africa Office hours: Art-Sociology Bldg. 4420 Tuesday 12:00 – 1:00 & Thursday 4:30 – 5:30 Teaching Assistants: Office located at Art-Sociology 4302 Ms. Sarah Cadagin: smellott@umd.edu Office hours: Monday 10:00 – 12:00 Section 0101 Monday, 9:00 – 9:50 Section 0104 Wednesday, 11:00 – 11:50 Ms. Tosha Grantham: tgrantha@umd.edu Office hours: Wednesday, 11:00 – 1:00 Section 0102 Wednesday, 9:00 – 9:50 Section 0103 Wednesday, 10:00 – 10:50 Ms. Eowyn McHenry: eowynta@gmail.com Office hours: Tuesday 12:00 – 1:00 and Thursday 12:30 – 1:30 Section 0105 Friday, 10:00 – 10:50 Section 0106 Friday, 11:00 – 11:50 ABOUT THIS COURSE: This course introduces the rich and complex world of African art. You will become familiar with arts made on the continent and by first generation Africans living elsewhere. The course is organized by region and, within that, by theme. This is a survey course; please understand that time requires me select examples among a vast amount of material over time and space, maker and context. Only a fraction of Africa’s diverse populations can reasonably be introduced in this course. The works and themes chosen reflect the state of the field itself as it has undergone disciplinary changes in its dominant methods, theories and concerns. This introduction to the field of art history in Africa is meant to inspire your continued interest and investment in Africa, its people and its arts. Students who wish to continue in-depth studies are warmly welcomed to join me for additional courses. Course Objectives: With this course, you have the opportunity to: develop the basic skills of visual analysis that will aid interpretations of given works. identify a range of regional and ethnic aesthetic principles and their material forms. think through the complex relations that influence how and why African art is collected. identify African nation states and the regions in which ethnic groups historically reside. examine the politics of exhibition design and display of African objects. 1
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familiarize yourself with the major themes that have arose within the discipline. appreciate the great diversity of African visual expression. Our Responsibilities: As a teaching team, the assistants and I will: be available to you during office hours and respond to your email within two business days between the hours of 9:00 and 5:00. evaluate your work objectively and share the criteria by which your work is graded. return your work to you as given on the syllabus.
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Syllabus - ARTH 275: Art and Archaeology of Africa...

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