A Sense of Art: Perception and the Role of the Critic

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

A Sense of Art

Spring 2021

Taught By: Ricardo Montez

Section: A

CRN: 7330

Credits: 3

What does it mean to feel some way about art? This course considers the various ways we come to engage art through the realm of sensation. We will think explicitly about the role our bodily experience plays in our understanding of art and how our perception works within the space of criticism. From the Hollywood prostitute overcome with feeling on her first trip to the opera to the boy from the "wrong side of the tracks" who finds purpose on the museum walls, our popular imaginary portrays encounters with art as transcendent, universal human experiences. Working against this ideology, the class explores the social, historical, and scientific aspects that shape our perception of art and produce environments that are both inviting to some and exclusionary to others. How, for example, do guided tours, exhibition design and technologies that facilitate greater access for disabled patrons animate the body and discipline our senses? This interdisciplinary course will include classic texts on art and interpretation in addition to scholarship from the fields of performance studies, sound studies, history of science, disability studies, critical race theory, and gender and sexuality studies. Through shared seminar conversations and self-directed field trips, students will write a series of essays, workshopping different methodological approaches to art criticism and exploring how one's sensorial experiences of art become evidence for critical arguments.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Sync Type: N/A

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 20

Add/Drop Deadline: February 1, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: May 10, 2021 (Monday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 7:56am 9/24/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 517

Date Range: 1/20/2021 - 5/5/2021