The image has been used as propaganda for thousands of years. This course will survey the use of art as a political vehicle from the days of Darius to the times of Trump. We will consider the ways in which the medium has been able to affect the dimensions of the message—beginning with printmaking and the Protestant Reformation and concluding with the internet and current concerns. We will examine art as both friend and enemy of prevailing powers with special attention to its role in Mexico, Russia, and Germany.
LEADER: Helen Schwartz is an artist, arts journalist, architectural historian, and the author of The New Jersey House (Rutgers University Press).
WEDNESDAYS: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 6 weeks: September 26 through October 31
LOCATION: Monument Hall