Few issues are more central to the making and reception of art than that of scale. Not only does it throw into high relief the catalytic role of technology, the question of scale also compels a reconsideration of art as a function of responses best articulated at the level of the phenomenological. In short, scale forces us to rethink the artwork in the most visceral terms possible. Given the complexity of this subject and its implications, this course will draw from a broad range of materials, including, but not limited to, Mughal miniature painting, medieval Japanese small scrolls (ko-e), the architecture of Brasilia, Mexican realist murals, and contemporary Chinese painting. To supplement our discussions, weekly readings will be drawn from a wide range of disciplines, including psychology, anthropology, literature, and the history of science. All readings are in English.
Estimated cost of materials; $100 or more, but less than $150. D,E.3,4