My position: Gotta start somewhere. Explain parameters and encourage exploration. My intro class gradually expanded to include Japanese woodblock prints, African masks, monumental Buddhas, Latin American abstraction. Can't cover it all, but one can acknowledge comparisons, dynamics, global transmissions, and other relationships, avenues for further inquiry.
We all want to believe in the integrity of our own experiences; meanwhile, the global concept has changed perceptions in probably every field of knowledge. I’m up for adjustments and sampling and moderating the dominant, but there still needs to be a starting point and a foundation that makes sense!
Students should not be the determiners of the curriculum. College and camp are two different institutions.
The Wall Street Journal weighs in:
"Civilization Is History at Yale," Roger Kimball, Wall Street Journal, Jan. 29, 2020 Great art is too ‘white, straight, European and male,’ so it’ll have to give way to the latest agitprop:
The best film I know for understanding this complicated artform; tells the story of the making of a Charles Umlauf sculpture "from conception to realization" -- first drawings to installation in the Texas Hill Country; 50 minutes
https://ukiyo-e.org/ Ukiyo-e Search offers the means to both search for Japanese woodblock prints by simply taking a picture of an existing print AND the ability to see similar prints across multiple collections of prints.
Visual, interactive reconstructions of two exhibitions in Jane Austen's lifetime--The Shakespeare Gallery as it appeared in 1796 and the Sir Joshua Reynolds Retrospective exhibition in the British Institution in 1813.
Exceptional footage of the house since its 2015 restoration, celebrating its addition in 2019 to the World Heritage Sites list (along with 7 other Wright structures). The narrative is good but--too bad!--it fails to mention the grand Japanese painted screens flanking the emphasized fireplace, or the fact that the hollyhock came to America from Japan, making it another element in the Japonisme that mattered so much in Wright's design philosophy.
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