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Course Description

Jewish Art (3 cr)
Michelle Facos
ARTH-A 245 (31395)
MW 7:00-8:15 pm

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This course is an introduction to Jewish art, from the frescoes at Dura Europos to the paintings of Leon Golub. Emphasis will be placed on painting, photography, and sculpture, particularly in the 19th and 20th centuries, but architecture and ceremonial objects will be considered as well. We will examine the ways in which Jewish identity has been expressed and represented, with particular attention to the context in which such objects and imagery have been produced, displayed, collected, and interpreted. We will also take a look at the legacy of the Holocaust in visual culture, particularly memorials. The course does not presuppose knowledge of either art or Judaic culture. In addition to 3 non-cumulative quizzes and a take-home final exam, students will do group projects and presentations relating to Jewish art collecting.

Image: The Concert, 1957 by Marc Chagall