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FOLK 354 401 Folk Art

R. Moonsammy
Lecture: Tuesday, Thursday 10:30-12:00 Noon

Cross-listed with AMES 243, COML 283, JWST 260
General Requirement II: History & Tradition

Folk art pays testimony to the persistence and pervasiveness of human creativity and aesthetic motivation. While it has been defined in numerous ways, and often marginalized, it is central to human expression. Through readings, discussion, visits with folk artists on-site and in class, and multimedia formats, this course will survey the various definitions of folk art, examine issues such as artistic canons, contexts of production and interpretation, economics, connoisseurship, virtuosity, appropriation, and politics, and explore the rich panoply of material folk art.

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