(1,2)Oy, we could go on forever, but we’ll save the full spiel for class. In a nutshell, we will explore a wide variety of Jewish art as it relates to the religion, culture, and history.
The course will be broken down into two themes.
The first theme will explore Jewish art from a ritual standpoint. Much of Jewish art lacks visual representation given the religion’s strong emphasis on one God that cannot be idolized. Rather than depicting visualizations of figures, Jewish art adorns the physical objects used in ritual.
The second topic will explore more traditionally thought of art, whether Jewish in subject or just by a Jewish artist with a more secular theme. This theme of Jewish art history will encompass artists from the land of Israel, European artists such as Marc Chagall, Hitler’s Degenerate Art show in Germany, and many more.
(3) Each week, we will begin lecture with a 30-45 minute presentation on that week’s material. Immediately after, we will break out into group discussion. Students will have various opportunities to look at different art object through many different field trips and on screen images. The lectures will be similar to an art history class lecture where the facilitator will follow closely with a pre-prepared PowerPoint. The discussion will work just like an art history discussion where the students will all form a circle to better interact with one another.
Attendance is mandatory for this class. You may have no more than one unexcused absence. Excused absences must be approved by one of the two course facilitators in advance.
Short weekly readings will be assigned to prepare students for each class section. The readings will be relevant to the topics that will be discussed in that class. Weekly responses that are roughly half a page, double-spaced, will be due before class each week. These responses can be questions, comments, summaries, or anything else related to the readings.
In small groups, we will be creating our own museum exhibits where each group will be responsible to research a certain topic of their choice. Using visual and written aids, each group will be responsible to display their research while their peers walk around and ask questions. These projects will be open ended and students will have the chance to explore any topic from the course that they found to be the most interesting.
(4) Grading for this class will be on a P/NP basis. Must have 70 points out of 100 in order to pass.
Must attend section to receive CCN to enroll. Course time TBA