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Summer 2005




VPA 225   Ideas in the Arts (AH)                                  3 credits
An introductory course that explores central issues in the visual and performing arts. A study of the interrelationships of essential elements in a work of art, including process, technique, form, subject matter and content, will be emphasized. The course also covers an examination of the arts in a larger context, from historical, cultural and theoretical perspectives. Students will attend and discuss performances and exhibitions drawn from the areas of dance, music, visual art and theatre. For more information contact hamby@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG
          GFR/GER:Meets A/H. GDR:Meets H.
[0499] 6060 Meets 05/31/2005 - 07/08/2005             HAMBY, D
            MW.........1:00pm- 4:10pm (FA  006)


VPA 301   Special Topics: Aesthetics, Ethical Values              3 credits
          and the New Media                                 
Addresses basic questions in aesthetics and how those issues interface with questions of ethical value that have been intensified and complicated with new developments in technology. Aesthetic issues such as what is beautiful, what is art and what is the aesthetic experience will be discussed in relation to classic historical texts from Plato and Aristotle to Kant and selected 20th- century aestheticians. Important in this regard are questions of how what is beautiful gave way to considerations to taste and ultimately what is the nature of the aesthetic experience. Continues with such topics as who decides what is beautiful (e.g., insider vs. outsider art), who owns art (e.g., Native American artifacts "collected" for museums, graffiti, digitized art), the authenticity of the art object and if art has an ethical value (political art, pornography, representation and aestheticization of violence in art, Nazi film, etc.) Note: Also listed as MUSC 480 and ART 492. Prerequisite: A 200-level course in student's area of concentration and permission of the instructor. For more information contact airubin@umbc.edu.
(PermReq) Grade Method: REG
[0500] 6060 Meets 05/31/2005 - 07/08/2005             RUBIN, A
            TuTh.......9:00am-12:10pm (FA  015)


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