Art in Theory: Spectatorship

Art in Theory: Spectatorship
Review and critique of major theoretical approaches in art history, emphasizing the philosophical relationship between viewer and object.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 2.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesGraduate status.
Course Outcomes

Historical Research

Students will develop art historical research skills by conducting advanced research focused on theoretical approaches to a single work of art. They will develop an enhanced ability to think and write critically about theoretical applications in art history. Students will acquire professional presentation skills as they learn to clearly organize information, draw meaningful conclusions, and effectively use visual materials. Students will also develop persuasive oral skills through the practice of classroom presentations.

Art Criticism


Students will acquire a solid grasp of the major writers and theories on spectatorship in the arts, and they will gain an increased awareness of the complexities of visual representation. Students will develop an expanded confidence in their ability to identify issues related to spectatorship when confronting a work of art. They will also develop an appreciation for the meaningfulness and relevancy of the arts and art criticism in contemporary society.