HISTART 383 - Modern Asian Art
Winter 2019, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History of Art (HISTART)
Department: LSA History of Art
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Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
At least one course in either History of Art or Asian Studies.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course discusses modern and contemporary art in Asia (construed in this context as the countries comprising East, Southeast, and South Asia) as a function of the encounter between groups identified primarily on the basis of their racial and ethnic origin. Roughly beginning from the late 18th century, this course looks particularly at two modes of encounter; one turns on race (the encounter between the so-called West and the non-West). Much of the material discussed in this class asks how constructs of race and ethnicity arise out of the production of visual representation. Based on selected cast studies, this course argues that the macro-phenomena allegedly responsible for spurring the development of visual art in Asia - colonialism, urbanization, industrialization, militarization -- is in fact based on the promotion of disparity and the systematic implementation of discriminatory policies against members of certain social classes, racial and ethnic backgrounds. Of special interest is the complexity arising when race and ethnicity must be considered in tandem with gender and social class. Many of the artists for this class are outside the putative canon in terms of their background, for example, women artists not sharing the same institutional access as their male counterparts. Through active class discussion, this course fosters a comparative look at these disparities by compelling students to draw parallels between conditions in one country (city) and another. Category for Concentration Distributions: C. Asia 4. Modern and Contemporary Textbooks/Other Materials: As uploaded to Canvas Files

Course Requirements:

1. Midterm (30%) 2. Class participation (30%) 3. Take-home Final (40%)

Intended Audience:

Undergraduates. A course on any subject relating to East Asia is suggested although not mandatory

Class Format:



HISTART 383 - Modern Asian Art
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
1/9/19 - 4/23/19

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