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FOLK 358 401: Folk Art

Rita Moonsammy
Lecture: Tuesday and Thursday 10:30-1200 Noon

Cross-Listed with COML 348

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 reading, 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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