The Migration of Art

Discipline: Art History
Instructor: Levine
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 0800
End: 0915
Field Work: Day 1 - Shanghai - 6 February | China
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

Migration refers not only to the mass movements of humans or animals. In a much broader sense, it refers to the movement of ideas across national or cultural boundaries. The history of art is, in many respects, the result of the migrations of people along with their aesthetic, philosophical, religious and iconographic concepts as well. How have the cultures we will encounter on this voyage affected and influenced one another? How has the migration of ideas been evidenced in the art and architecture we will come into contact with? East Asian and African influence on the West, Islamic influence in Spain,
India on Southeast Asia, China on Japan, represent a few of the topics we will investigate along with the role of war, theft and cultural appropriation.

Field Work

Country: China
Day: 1 - Shanghai - 6 February

The gardens of Suzhou represent the epitome of landscaping art for the private garden. Suzhou’s gardens represent a physical embodiment of many of the concepts contained in the traditional view of Chinese landscape painting, a concept that has been practiced in various forms for over a thousand years. As we wander through the gardens we will examine the concepts and ideas of Chinese philosophy, the romance of ancient painting, literature and poetry that had such a direct influence on the garden creators. Academic Objectives:

  1. Understand the aesthetics of the Asian garden.
  2. Interpret the development of garden design from the principles of Chinese painting.
  3. Assess the differences in garden design from a historical perspective.