Mar 23, 2018  
Academic Catalog 2014-2015 
Academic Catalog 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

LALW290 African Art, Religion, Philosophy and Culture 3 cr.

African Art, Religion, Philosophy and Culture: This course studies art productions in Africa as part of religious, philosophical and cultural systems. Emphases are on art objects that reflect and participate in historical evolution, community management and stand for philosophical and cultural expressions. Artists’ skills are presented from their sources to their different expressions and social implications through different diffusions and trends. The course also looks at different village communities in order to find out the artist and his artifacts as they participate in daily social life and in the construction of a world vision. The course presents art productions in different parts of Africa, but will concentrate much more on Central Africa. It discusses the understanding of symmetry versus asymmetry, the use of colors, wood, rocks, stones, iron, feathers, clothes and other media as they carry religious, philosophical and cultural lessons. The course suggests different interpretation procedures of art objects in order to understand how religion, philosophy and culture are reflected in art productions. Gender understanding, religion construction and power distribution in different communities are largely linked to artifacts motifs and icons.

Prerequisites: LALW200

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