Fall 2009


Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-91


Joel M. Upton (Section 01)


What would it be like to “Behold” with a work of art--that is, to engage its human realization according to its unique and shared embodiment--rather than merely or exclusively observe, analyze or situate it culturally and historically? This seminar will offer a working hypothesis concerning the definition and integrative potential of “Beholding” with the “art”of a work of art and provide each member of the seminar the opportunity to test and experience this hypothesis by way of a semester-long encounter with one painting of their own choosing, culminating in a sustained direct experience with this painting. In sharing the progress of each encounter during our class meetings, we will aim to re-imagine together contemplative action as the highest aspiration of human being.

Limited to 12 students. Fall semester. Professor Upton.


2014-15: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Spring 2012, Fall 20122014-15: Offered in Fall 2014
Other years: Offered in Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2012, Fall 2013