The Power of Images: An Introduction to Art and its Histories

Why does art matter? Because images, buildings, and environments shape our ways of understanding our world and ourselves. Learning how to look closely and analyze what you see, therefore, is fundamental to a liberal arts education. Within a global frame, this course provides an introduction to art and its histories through a series of case studies, from ancient China's terra cotta army to Amy Sherald's portrait of Michelle Obama. Meeting twice weekly, each section will draw on the case studies to explore concepts of gender and race, cultural appropriation, political propaganda, and other issues through short lectures and class discussions. Site visits and assignments will engage with the rich art and architectural resources of Wellesley's campus.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 18

Prerequisites: None

Instructor: Berman, Oles, Greene (Fall); Liu, Musacchio, Oliver (Spring)

Distribution Requirements: ARS - Visual Arts, Music, Theater, Film and Video

Typical Periods Offered: Spring; Fall

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Fall; Spring

Notes: This course is open to all students; it is required for all Art History, Architecture, and Studio Majors.