Arts of China and Inner Asia

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Arts of China and Inner Asia
Spring 2023
Taught By: Petya Andreeva
Section: A

CRN: 13665

Credits: 3

This course focuses on premodern art in China and its neighbors in Inner Asia, defined here as present-day Mongolia, Siberia and the Russian Far East. We will follow the paths of ancient nomads, monks, merchants, ambassadors, warriors and explore the artistic traditions they helped build and disseminate across cultural spheres. As such, we will not view Chinese art in a vacuum but rather study the biographies and social lives of Chinese artworks in the larger context of premodern Afro-Eurasian trade networks such as the Silk Roads and Eurasian steppe routes. Why do we find Persian textiles and Roman glass in ancient Chinese tombs? How do we account for discoveries of Chinese ceramics as far as Madagascar? How might we understand the relationship between imperial China and its nomadic neighbors in light of recent archaeological discoveries? What changes did Chinese painting undergo under Mongol rule? How did Buddhism arrive in indigenous Siberian communities? These are just some of the questions we address in the course, inspired by the premise that concepts, religions, ideologies can travel just as swiftly as people, animals and objects. We will critically assess different types of movements and migratory patterns and the ways in which they shaped art in the region of China and Inner Asia. From bronze casting to manuscript illumination to throat signing, the course traces the historical fates of a wide range of monuments, crafts and performance arts.

Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisite(s): first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art and Design History (PLAD)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 20

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 6:30am EDT 4/1/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday
Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 715
Date Range: 1/24/2023 - 5/9/2023