This course examines women in the visual arts globally within historical context. Thematic topics address women’s cultural production from a global perspective before the emergence of the women’s liberation movement in America and Europe and the ramifications for women in art as feminism(s) spread transnationally in the modern and contemporary eras. Assignments and activities will develop students’ critical- and creative-thinking skills, writing ability, and speaking skills. Daily class discussions and activities will be centered on ideas and arguments presented in the syllabus readings with special attention to issues in regions on the voyage itinerary. At the end of the course, students should be able to identify and discuss major monuments and works of art by global women artists in historical context, and to articulate verbally and in writing the larger cultural, social, political, economic and philosophical issues that impacted the production of art by women around the world.
Field WorkCountry: China
Date: November 24, 2017
Explore Shanghai’s contemporary art galleries and consider the impact of Chinese women artists on the local art scene. Compare and contrast gallerists’ and curators’ aims and strategies for supporting women artists in China in the city’s two hot spots for contemporary art: the M50 and West Bund areas. Evaluate the rhetoric of fine-art training in a transnational context through lunchtime conversation with students of Shanghai Normal University’s School of Fine Arts.
1. Assess the impact of women in contemporary art in Shanghai through visits to museums and galleries.
2. Compare and contrast the aims and strategies of galleries supporting women artists of China.
3. Evaluate the rhetoric of fine-art training in a transnational context through conversation with faculty and students at Shanghai Normal University’s School of Fine Arts.