Instructor: Angela Curran
Course reading packet (available in philosophy department office in Skinner)
The books are available at Odyssey Bookstore.Course requirements:
Class participation 5%
(1) Three page paper -- due Monday Feb, 21, 4 PM in my mailbox in Skinner 217
(2) Drafts of 2 "art writing" assignments-- due Wednesday, March 23 in my mailbox in Skinner 217
(3) Five page paper-- due Friday, April 5, 4 PM in my mailbox
(4) Community Based Learning Project-- due Monday, May 1
(1) contribution to the class efforts to support the Sojourner Truth project ; (2) 3 page "case study" of the Statue project. Here you will analyze some of the issues raised regarding the construction of the statue. Some possible questions to consider: what is the goal of the statue? whose interests does it serve? is the gender/race of the sculptor relevant in selecting an artist? should the statue be beautiful? should it be educational? what do you think of the plans for the statue so far? are there any controversies surrounding the construction of the statue you would like to highlight or comment on?
Please look on the web site to familiarize yourself with the project:
(5) art writing web project-- four two page art journal assignments due April 21
(6) Take home final-- 5-6 pages due by last day of finals weekTentative Schedule of Readings
Jan. 27 Course introduction
Looking at Traditional Aesthetics: Taste, Beauty and Disinterestedness
Feb. 1 Hume "The Standard of Taste" (xerox)
Feb. 3 Kant on Beauty and the Aesthetic (xerox)
Feb. 8 Bullough, "Psychic distance as a factor in art and aesthetic
Feb. 15 Debate: Art on Trial
Cultural Contexts for Viewing Art
Feb. 17 Dewey "Art and Civilization," (p)
Feb. 22 Danto, "Art and Artifact in Africa" (p)
Feb. 24 Debate: Is the appreciation of art universal?
What is the relation between art and reality?
Feb. 29 Plato, Republic X (p)
Mar. 2 Aristotle, selections from the Poetics (p)
Mar. 7 Brecht, "Epic Theatre is the Modern Theatre" (p)
Mar. 9 Debate: Plato, Aristotle and Brecht on the relationship
Mar. 21 Danto, "The Artworld" and Andy Warhol (p)
Gender, Genius and Art
Mar. 23 Gorilla Girls' Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art
Mar. 28 Nochlin "Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists" (p)
Mar. 30 Berger, WS, Ch. 1 &2
April 4 Debate: Is there a role for the Gorilla Girls in the art world today?
Getting at the meaning of art
Apr. 6 Tolstoy "What is Art?" (p)
Apr. 11 Wimsatt and Beardsley "The Intentional Fallacy" (p)
Apr. 13 Debate: Is it permissible to colorize black and white movies?
Apr. 18 Visit by Anthony Lee: "Representing San Francisco's China Town"
Apr. 20 Public Art; Lacey, Becker, Storrs articles (p)
April 25 Debate on public art case study
Apr. 27 Benjamin, "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction"
May 2 Danto on the Museum
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