University Liberal Arts: University Lecture Program

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students


Fall 2018

Taught By: Jay Bernstein

Section: L

CRN: 1928


Artistic practices are ways that human beings try to make sense of the world. How do art practices differ from other ways that human beings make sense of their world – such as religion, education, science, and philosophy? In thinking about what makes artistic practices distinctive, we will have to think about both what such practices ‘mean’, and how their meaning is related to their material conditions – stone, paint, sound, film, the human body or the printed word; and too to what effect human beings have transformed these conditions in ‘artistic’ ways through the socially and historically specific forms of painting, dance, music, poetry, drama, photography and film. All of which is to say: We will be asking not only what art is (or, what the ‘arts’ are), but also why we care about art, if we still do, and how that caring can be justified (if it can). We will discuss texts by Plato, Aristotle, Schiller, Hegel, Benjamin, Bazin, Laura Mulvey, and others. And look at artworks by Sophocles, Rilke, Cézanne, and Toni Morrison, together with some recent movies (Fight Club; Talk to Her; Ali: Fears Eats the Soul) that highlight the stakes and possibility of art now.

College: University Liberal Arts (UL)

Department: University Lecture Program (ULIB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Max Enrollment: 137

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment 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: 11:11am 2/21/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:15pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 404

Date Range: 8/28/2018 - 12/4/2018