Description: Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Use of Fowler Museum's long-term exhibition entitled "Intersections: World Arts/Local Lives" as object of study to examine many insights that arts can offer into social, political, and religious experience. Drawing heavily on cultures of Africa, Asia, Pacific, and indigenous Americas, both ancient and contemporary, consideration of degree to which notions of aesthetics and efficacy are intertwined and interdependent in art forms made to intervene in people's lives in active, instrumental ways. Use of specific case studies to illustrate and interrogate theoretical paradigms. P/NP or letter grading.
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