HISTART 393-004

Undergraduate Seminar:
Art and Resistance - Global Responses to Oppression

East Quad 1423
M W 10:30am - 1:00pm
3 Credit Seminar

The living world is a dynamic horizon in which human consciousness and material things constitute and condition one another. How does the work of art make or manifest that world? This course wrestles with this question by examining Chinese landscape paintings from the seventh century to the seventeenth century. During this period, Chinese painting underwent significant changes in terms of subject matter, compositional mode, as well as art-historical awareness. These changes were tangled with how people relate themselves to the sociopolitical and physical environments. Considering some major art-historical phenomena transpired over time, this course provides an understanding of Chinese paintings by highlighting their real-world engagements with respect to historical transformations, political climates, and geophysical specificities. The course also deals with some theories of ecological criticisms and new materialisms that have reshaped certain intellectual inquiries in recent years. The goal of the course is to lead students to critically viewing what seems to be familiar and to insightfully challenging what appears to be normal. A portion of the course will be devoted to examining Chinese paintings in the UM Art Museum.

HISTART Concentration Distributions: Middle East / Europe and the US, Modern and Contemporary

Meets with RCHUMS 305.001