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IART 1170


Introduction to the Arts: Arts in Contexts. Designed to develop and increase the understanding of the relationship of the arts and society through an examination of subject, matter, form, and content in each art by means of a critical method of analysis. A variety of visual and performing arts are covered. Opportunities for participation with the arts through lectures, technical demonstrations, campus field trips, and small-group discussions.



IART 1180


Introduction to the Arts: Object and Events. Designed to develop and increase the understanding of the relationship of the arts and the human spirit through an examination of subject, matter, form, and content in each art by means of a critical method of analysis. A variety of visual and performing arts are covered. Opportunities for participation with the arts through lectures, technical demonstrations, campus field trips, and small-group discussions.



IART 4601 Tier 3


Cultural Tradition and the Arts: Greek to Medieval. The development of the illuminated manuscript in the Early Middle Ages, from its appearance during Roman Antiquity, and subsequent adoption and popularization by the Roman Catholic Church. Issues addressed include decoration: the manuscript’s illuminated initials, narrative representations, and their relationship to the literary text; codicology: the manuscript’s make-up and manner of production; function: the manuscript’s purpose in the dramatic ritual of the liturgy; and paleography: the study of the manuscript’s handwriting. Numerous facsimiles are viewed in Alden Library.



IART 4604 Tier 3


Art and Morality. The objective is to examine the age-old tension between the aesthetic and moral aspects of art, from Plato to Amiri Baraka. By looking at artworks drawn from music, visual arts, literature, and film through the lens of philosophical viewpoints that are often at odds with one another, students deepen their engagement with the arts and learn to question preconceived notions about art’s function in individual life and in society. The main theme is whether artistic freedom and demands of morality can be reconciled.