Introduction to Visual Culture

3 credits

ARH_VS 2850

Art History - Visual Studies
College of Arts and Science

Seeing is never a neutral activity; it is historically conditioned and ideologically charged. To examine how mass and popular culture generate ways of seeing in particular moments and places, this class examines the visual practices of the long 1960s in the United States and the commonly shared media, historical associations, and cultural habits that shaped them. In doing so, we will gain a deeper understanding of the role played by visual culture in 1960s American life and how its legacy remains with us today. We will also become critical consumers of visual media and responsible contributors to our shared social life. Graded on A-F basis only.