Black in Venice: Race, Representation, and the 59th Biennale, Renaissance to Contemporary (AH4125.02)

J. Vanessa Lyon

In this 3-week module, an art history and cultural studies-based trip, advanced art history and VA students will spend the majority of their time engaging and presenting to the group their prior research on the contemporary art and artists of the 59th Annual Venice Biennale in its two locations (Arsenale and Giardini)—where the U.S. is represented for the first time by a Black woman artist, sculptor, Simone Leigh. Additional time will be spent visiting canonical works of art and architecture by the major artists of the Venetian Renaissance (Bellini, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, Palladio, etc.) and architectural sites in Vicenza and Ravenna. Prior to the trip, in addition to preparatory reading, discussion, and short papers, each student will be assigned two artists (one pre-1800 and one contemporary) and a site for research. Vanessa Lyon will conduct two (2 hr 50 minute) seminars in each of two weeks leading up to the trip. 

In-person meeting dates: 9/7 and 14


Learning Outcomes:
In this course students will become proficient in researching and presenting historical and critical studies of works of art and architecture in situ.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Toward a Rigorous Art History, advanced work in VA and/or art history and the instructor's permission.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
W, 7:00PM-8:50PM (2nd module block)
Maximum Enrollment: 6
Course Frequency: One time only

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