Chinese Art & Culture
In this course, we will explore the history of art in China from the Neolithic to the contemporary world. Major themes will include the evolution of, and challenges to, "Chinese" culture; the function of art and culture in state power; religious art and architecture; landscape as cultural expression; and art and society in 20th and 21st century China. Through these and other topics, we will explore questions surrounding the creation and reception of art, and art as touchstone in identity formation. Discussion of primary sources, including objects in the College's museum and library collections, will be a major component of the course. 3 hrs lect./disc.