This course explores the history of Japanese art from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Visual culture has played a central role in providing the modern Japan with a cultural, social, and psychological identity. We will study the significance of modernity and modernism in different media including painting, sculpture, photography, and architecture. We will also consider issues related to gender, imperialism, and commodity consumption in the context of visual representation.
- Two short papers (4-5 double-spaced pages) based on museum visits
- One group field trip to a museum in the area to take place on the weekend
- Regular attendance and active participation in class discussion
The student’s performance in the course will evaluated primarily based on the two short paper assignments. Regular attendance is also mandatory, and active participation in class discussion will also be reflected in the final grade.