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    Nov 19, 2019  
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ARHI122 PO - Sensory Spaces, Tactile Objects: The Senses in Art and Architecture

When Offered: Spring 2020.
Instructor(s): P. Blessing
Credit: 1

This course examines the role of the senses in art and architecture to move beyond conceptions of art history that prioritize vision. While the experience of art is often framed in terms of seeing, the other senses were crucially involved in the creation of buildings and objects in the medieval and early modern periods, just as they are in the work of present-day artists: think Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms. Textiles and ceramic vessels invite touch, gardens involve the smell of flowers, sacred spaces were built to amplify the sound of prayers and chants. This class will examine how multisensory experience operates in the medieval and early modern arts of Eurasia, and how it can be experienced today, both in historical objects and contemporary art. Readings will range from medieval poetry and multisensory art histories to contemporary discussions of the senses in design and anthropology. Digital Humanities will be part of the course experience. Prerequisites: One prior ARHI, LAMS, CLAS, PHIL, or MES course. Letter grade only.
Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
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