This course adopts an interdisciplinary approach to the history of Japanese visual culture, introducing the art of the archipelago from ancient times through the present day. Although primarily a chronological examination of key artistic monuments, the class will also discuss thematic issues such as the materiality of art, cultural exchange, the meaning of nature, and the relationships between artistic production and religion, class, and society. The course makes no claim to be comprehensive, and the goal of the lectures is only to introduce you to the panoply of Japanese art and the ways that it interacted with the cultures that produced it. At the end of the course, you should have a better understanding of many aspects of Japanese history, thought, religion, and visual culture; but you should also develop a heightened awareness of and sophistication about your visual world in general.
Estimated cost: $50 or more, but less than $100. C. 1, 2, 3, 4