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Art History from the Ground Up

Where can we start with Art? From cave paintings to the work being created right now, this speed-date with a complex discipline will whet your appetite for the art that is all around us. We'll discuss artists' traditional and radical roles around the world, connecting style, structure, and meaning in new ways.

Week 1: Thinking globally, looking locally
Week 2: Why is it called The Canon?
Week 3: How we discuss race, class, and gender - and how we don't
Week 4: Modernism and Contemporary Art
Week 5: Your Art History


"[The instructor] has a wealth of knowledge in art history and presented it in a way that was engaging and thought-provoking."

– Student of Art History from the Ground Up, Fall 2020

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Class meeting time 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Class meeting days Sunday
Building and room Online
Course number 2503
Course instructor Annie Morse