The Modern Genius: Art and Culture in the 19th Century
Otis College of Art and Design
Sep 23, 2013 to Oct 28, 2013
Cost per enrollment: Free
- Provides video lectures
- Provides opportunities to interact with the instructor or students
- Uses discussion forums
- You will be expected to work with a group of other students
Full course description
This Art History course investigates the role of the French avant-garde in developing and showcasing new modern forms and approaches to art and visual culture in the 19th century. The material addresses the most critical issues of modernity from Realism through Post-Impressionism. We will cover the stylistic changes that challenged academic art, the new subjects that confounded modern audiences, and the new roles and authority of the modern artist. To do this, we will focus on the European world through a series of video podcasts and online readings over five weeks. By the end of the course, you will understand the issues of modernity and the way that art and art-making addressed these issues as well as recognize the profound impact that 19th century Europe had in shaping our contemporary ideas of being “modern.”
Parme Giuntini, Ph.D.
Professor of Art History
After graduating from UCLA (B.A., M.A., Ph.D. in Art History) with a scholarly focus on eighteenth century English portraiture, gender and family representation, Parme Giuntini joined the faculty of Otis College of Art and Design. Working at an art college proved to be so challenging, productive and fun that she never left. As the Assistant Chair of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Director of Art History, she has been instrumental in teaching, designing, and supervising courses that address both fine art and visual culture. Her involvement with studio faculty nurtured an interest in fashion and culture and led to a remarkable collaboration with Kathryn Hagen, the former head of Fashion Illustration at Otis and current Chair of Fashion at Woodbury University. This resulted in the 2007 publication of GARB: A Fashion and Culture Reader. For the past five years her scholarly focus has been curriculum design, educational technology and active learning strategies with a special emphasis on online learning and information.