HISTART 194 - First Year Seminar
Section: 002 The Liberating Lens
Term: WN 2018
Subject: History of Art (HISTART)
Department: LSA History of Art
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
FYSem
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Other Course Info:
May not be used to meet the prerequisite requirement for the History of Art major.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course traces a history of image making by Jews in the twentieth century, focusing on Europe and the United States. Jewish photographers participated in many different aspects of photography as it developed different specialties—including fashion, portrait, journalism, war, art, landscape, still life, and documentary photography. Although the course seeks to be representative, it emphasizes those photographers whose pictures often resonated beyond their immediate moment. While the course will consider many types of photographers, it will pay particular attention to documentary photography because Jewish photographers innovated in this field. As a course in both History and Judaic Studies, it will address historical dimensions of photographers’ lives and the multiple lives of their photographs, how photographers do their work in one context and then subsequently find themselves and their pictures in another. The impact of World War II and the Holocaust changed how Jews looked at photographs and how they shot photographs. For example, pictures taken of European Jewish life prior to World War II acquired different meanings after the Holocaust because they were seen as describing a lost world. Thus the course will address questions of memory culture and the role of Jewish photographers in shaping collective Jewish understandings of the past.

HISTART 194 - First Year Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
25351
Open
18
18Enrollment Management
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (SEM)
P
31300
Open
21
3Enrollment Management
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Tu 4:00PM - 6:00PM
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