Tracing the rise of global visual cultures, this course examines artistic interactions between Western and non-Western cultures brought on by colonialism, diplomacy and war, trade, and scientific exploration in the period 1750-1900. We study various ways in which European and American artists responded to the cultures they encountered elsewhere in the world, as well as how non-Westerners responded to the West. Emphasis is placed on the varied processes of cultural interaction and on the importance of such interaction for the development of modernity in different cultural contexts. Major non-Western regions to be studied might include China, Japan, India, the Near East, and elsewhere.
Assessment: 100% coursework.
Prerequisite: At least one 2000-level Fine Arts course.