ULEC

2320

Aesthetics

University Liberal Arts: University Lecture Program

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Aesthetics

Fall 2019

Taught By: Paul Kottman

Section: L

CRN: 7450

Credits:

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, 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, Caravaggio, and Shakespeare, together with some recent movies (BlacKKKlansman; Talk to Her) that highlight the stakes and possibility of art now. 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, 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, Caravaggio, and Shakespeare, together with some recent movies (BlacKKKlansman; Talk to Her) that highlight the stakes and possibility of art now. [This ULEC is in category 3, Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Arts and Humanities.]

College: University Liberal Arts (UL)

Department: University Lecture Program (ULIB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Max Enrollment: 125

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: 7:35am 5/25/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 12:20pm - 1:35pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 8/27/2019 - 12/10/2019