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ART 136 - Body and Art

3 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 0 lab periods

A visual cultural exploration of how humans utilize the body as a vehicle for communicating and displaying personal and group identities. Includes anthropological and art historical study of types of permanent and temporary body decorations, masks, and performance; and the ethical issues surrounding the study and use of imagery within and between cultures. Also includes the conceptual examination of global examples and an overview of practical projects to demonstrate the continued vitality of each mode of expression.



Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe body art and performance as vehicles of individual and group identity.
  2. Discuss ethical issues surrounding the study and use of imagery within and between cultures.
  3. Summarize the role of body art and performance for human survival in local contexts.
  4. Discuss the role of body art and performance in human rites of passage.
  5. Identify types of body art and performance in entertainment and storytelling.
  6. Explain the relation between body art, performance and the social construction of gender.
  7. Observe and/or demonstrate styles and techniques of body art and performance.

Outline:
  1. Body Art and Society: An Introduction to Basic Concepts
    1. Identity and group membership
    2. “Folk” art and culture
    3. Disguise and revelation
  2. Ethics and Esthetics
    1. Ethics of the access to and reproduction of images within and between cultures
    2. Sacred imagery: process, product, usage
    3. Cultural patrimony
    4. Tourist art
  3. Body Art and Survival
    1. Performance: art, tribe, and individual
    2. Subsistence
    3. Spirits and blessing
    4. Armor: offense and defense
    5. Tribe and shaman
  4. Body Art and Ritual
    1. Rites of passage: transformation and renewal
    2. Seasons
    3. Liminality and the Carnivalesque
  5. Body Art and Storytelling
    1. Performance: narration and language
    2. Persona
    3. Theater
    4. Music and dance  Architecture and framing space
  6. Body Art and Gender
    1. Gender, sex, and sexuality
    2. Crossing gender boundaries
  7. Creation of Body Art
    1. Styles
    2. Techniques: permanent and temporary


Effective Term:
Fall 2016



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