Art: Here and Now

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Art: Here and Now

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Art History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    An introduction to historical and contemporary art through the rich cultural offerings of Dunedin. Features weekly field trips for first-hand study of art and meetings with local arts organisations and professionals.

    "Art: Here and Now" introduces students to the academic study of art through the critical examination of the art, architecture and cultural heritage available for first-hand study in Dunedin, a city with a vibrant arts scene and rich with cultural institutions. We examine art here and now, not art "there" (overseas, most likely in Europe) and in the past. Simultaneously, this paper links the local to the global by exploring the broad array of cultures represented in Dunedin's cultural institutions and considering how aspects of contemporary local culture reflect globalisation.

    Individual modules include: Toi M?ori in ?tepoti (Maori Art in Dunedin), the "Portable Cultural Landscapes" of Dunedin's European Settlers, Architecture and Built Heritage, Historical Collections (The Otago Museum and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery), Contemporary Art, Public Art, the Education of Artists and Local Arts Organisations.

    This paper transforms students from passive consumers of reproductions of artworks (in lectures, books or on the Internet) to actively engaged, critically informed viewers of art in the real world. By the end of this paper, students will become part of the Dunedin art world and have strong familiarity with local collections, institutions and practitioners. Through the field trips, students will be introduced to numerous possible career paths in the arts and heritage sector.

    Teaching Arrangements
    In most weeks, this paper will be taught by a lecture on Monday and a fieldtrip on Friday. The fieldtrips begin with an introductory session in a lecture hall on campus before departing for the fieldtrip destination.

    Course Structure
    This paper is structured by a series of thematic weekly modules that feature an introductory lecture, related assigned readings and a fieldtrip.

    Learning Outcomes
    - Broad familiarity with the history and significance of the art, architecture, cultural heritage and cultural institutions of Dunedin
    - An understanding of the interpretive approaches and issues relevant to the study of art
    - The ability to analyse specific works of art and architecture in the service of critical argument
    - The ability to evaluate differing interpretations of art and to render critical judgements on the arguments advanced

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