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    Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  Dec 16, 2017
Academic Catalog 2017-2018

LASS301 Social Philosophy of Art 3 cr.

This course is for enthusiasts, juniors and seniors, who like ideas and think that valid reasons exist to examine art in the social, intellectual, and cultural context. Our framework is that of social philosophy. Three central themes organize the course: the pre- modern and the rise of modernity, the transition of modernity into postmodernity, and the character of art at our current moment. The course examines the roots of the modern and the current in the pre-modern. Why did the Romanesque give way to the Gothic? Was it just that people became bored with the same old style? If not that, then what? How far do you need to go to understand the phenomenon? The art-historical background is paramount. Students lacking this art history and history background should take the course at a later date. Students unprepared to understand historical references this material takes for granted must make up for it by reading historical texts in the reader. Our intention is not descriptive but analytic and critical. Many preconceived notions are challenged. Participants  use examples from art history as needed to enlighten a larger point: the intersection between ideas, culture, society, and the art world as it evolves from the premodern into the modern and into our current moment.

Prerequisites: LALW100; FRSM100

Culturally Diverse Content
Junior, Senior Elective