ART 150

Constructions of Identity in the Visual Arts

How does an individual "show" power, status, or place in society? How are societal norms confirmed or denied in artistic works? In this course visual representations of authority, gender, and identity provide a broad basis for the study and practice of the rhetorical arts. Students become familiar with the elements of persuasive writing and oratory, and learn to refine these skills through exercises based on the analysis of primary texts and secondary literature. By analyzing both the rhetorical expression of visual arts and a variety of arguments about visual culture, students develop the ability to clearly articulate their own views, and to logically appraise the arguments of others. Extensive written assignments and oral debates emphasize the thoughtful development and expression of students' own perspectives and opinions.