Spring 2023 Art History UN2702 section 001



Call Number 13401
Day & Time
MW 1:10pm-2:25pm
612 Schermerhorn Hall [SCH]
Points 3
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Lisa Trever
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description The Western Hemisphere was a setting for outstanding accomplishments in the visual arts for millennia before Europeans set foot in the so-called “New World.” This course explores the early indigenous artistic traditions of what is now Latin America, from early monuments of the formative periods (e.g. Olmec and Chavín), through acclaimed eras of aesthetic and technological achievement (e.g. Maya and Moche), to the later Inca and Aztec imperial periods. Our subject will encompass diverse genre including painting and sculpture, textiles and metalwork, architecture and performance. Attention will focus on the two cultural areas that traditionally have received the most attention from researchers: Mesoamerica (including what is today Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, and Honduras) and the Central Andes (including Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia). We will also critically consider the drawing of those boundaries—both spatial and temporal—that have defined “Pre-Columbian” art history to date. More than a survey of periods, styles, and monuments, we will critically assess the varieties of evidence—archaeological, epigraphic, historical, ethnographic, and scientific—available for interpretations of ancient Latin American art and culture.
Web Site Vergil
Department Art History and Archaeology
Enrollment 52 students (60 max) as of 8:06PM Tuesday, May 21, 2024
Subject Art History
Number UN2702
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Campus Morningside
Section key 20231AHIS2702W001