Introduction to South Asian Art
MW 10:00-11:30am
180 Tappan
3 Credit Lecture. Crosslisted with ASIAN 243

This lecture course will survey the arts of South Asia, from the earliest remains of Indus Valley civilization through the contemporary period. We will focus on the following themes: 1) art as a visual language, formulated to express complex stories or abstract ideas; 2) the relationship between art and devotion in India; 3) processes of cultural synthesis and assimilation; 4) the relationship between "high" art (produced for an elite or urban strata of society) and "low" art (or folk art, produced in a more rural setting); and 5) the attributes and agendas that have contributed to past interpretations of Indian art. Estimated cost of materials: $50 or more, but less than $100. C.1,2,3,4