Professor Sooran Choi | W 4:55 PM - 7:40 PM
This course will introduce the major artistic traditions of China, Korea, and Japan, treating the subject chronologically from the Neolithic period to the present. Although Korea and Japan share similar artistic and cultural values with China, students will realize that each country has also had its own distinctive development and unique style in art and architecture. The course provides an overview of the pictorial, sculptural, and architectural traditions through the ages in East Asia, along with the philosophies originated in China and India such as Legalism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism. The class will also examine ways in which Korean and Japanese art, religion, and culture were influenced by its neighbor, China, as well as, the ways in which religious and political ends were served through art and architecture in each historical period. Each session is designed to help students understand the historical background, along with philosophical and literary traditions embedded in Asian culture. Students will appreciate, recognize and understand historical events and monuments of the visual arts of East Asia, including the ability to interpret meanings, concepts, theories, and collective attitudes embodied in the works discussed. In addition, they will develop effective communication and analytical skills to discuss, compare and contrast works of art.