Spring 2015 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course examines the role of Jews in the creation of modern art and architecture. Modern scholars have continuously investigated the meaning of the Second Commandment's prohibition of making graven images. In light of this ongoing questioning of the biblical texts, Jews' contributions to modern arts have intrigued commentators. Students will be introduced to the conflicting debates about the nature of Jewish art, the politics of Jewish art collections and of exhibitions. We will study several Jewish artists such as Max Liebermann, Hermann Struck, Mark Rothko along with architects like Peter Eisenman and Daniel Liebeskind. Our investigation of Jewish art and architecture will also address the prominence of Jewish art critics, theorists and scholars like Walter Benjamin, Clement Greenberg, and Susan Sontag.
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