Why should anyone care about Art? Is it worth valuing and supporting, or is it just an expensive luxury for the wealthy? In “The Power and Politics of Art”, you will wrestle with the big questions of Art’s purpose in and value to a culture – including our own. You will experience the history of western art, from Ancient Greece to the 21st century, and examine its relationship to culture and worldview. Through on-site visits to artistic, historic and cultural sites in Rome, Florence, Vienna and Berlin, you will become more familiar with the various artistic styles and many of the facets of the interaction between art, community, and political power. In addition through the experience of living in major European metropolitan centers, you will become aware of the various cultural resources located in major cities, and develop confidence in accessing them, and also in using basic cross-cultural skills, such as using public transportation and functioning in places where English is not the dominant language.
Fulfills Global Perspectives OR Fine Arts Requirement