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(Offered as MUSI 231 and ARHA 231) How do the works that artists create come to mean something to their audiences, to make us cry, make us swoon, or make our blood boil? How do these objects and performances come to be connected to ideas, how do they affect our bodies, and why? This course explores the ways that visual and performing artists use the body to imbue their work with meaning. Students examine such concepts as the narrative, myth, transcendence, semantic power, and notions of individual and collective identity. Coursework will include a combination of reading, writing, and music making and visual art creation. No prior experience as a musician or visual artist is necessary. Two class meetings per week. Limited to 30 students. Spring semester. Visiting Professors Harper and Clark.
If Overenrolled: Priority given to seniors, then juniors, then sophomores.