Spring 2025

Transpacific: Art and Artists

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-231  |  Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-231


(Offered as ASLC 231 and ARHA 231) This seminar examines the movement of objects, people, and ideas across the Pacific in order to understand how the Transpacific, thinking oceanically, offers new narratives of art histories that connect Asian and Asian American studies. The Transpacific intertwines two narratives: the Pacific as a space of expansionism and imperialism, and the Pacific as a zone of alternative alliances. Engagements across the Pacific have been formed by European, Japanese, and American imperialisms that continue to the present day, but migrations among Asia, Latin America, and North America have also offered other possibilities for postcolonial, decolonial, and deimperial imaginaries that articulated new identities, alignments, and revolutions. Topics include export objects, diasporic architecture, colonial modernisms, documentary photography, revolutionary printmaking, Cold War abstraction, postwar avant-gardes, and contemporary ecopoetics of the ocean.

Spring semester. Visiting Professor Christine Ho. 

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Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Writing, speaking, research

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Other years: Offered in Fall 2013