Jul 09, 2020  
2018-2019 University Catalogue 
2018-2019 University Catalogue [Archived Catalogue]

PRES 681 PMA Featured Exhibition: the Arts of Asia-Korea, China, Japan

College of Critical & Professional Studies

3 credits 42.0 hours
600 level graduate course

In partnership with the featured special exhibitions on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, this course is one of a continuing series that uses museum primary sources to better understand artworks in cultural and historical context as well as their influence. Participants study works using an art history perspective, as well as social and cultural significance. Course content is developed with the Education Department at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, featuring speakers who discuss the exhibition in depth, plus additional lectures relating to the Museum’s permanent collection. With studio demonstrations and hands-on workshops designed for classroom use, participants create and develop a series of activities and lesson plans for application into a range of subject areas and grade levels. The exhibition Art of the Joseon Dynasty is the first full-scale survey in the United States to be devoted to art of the celebrated Joseon Dynasty (13921910), a period that spanned half a millennium and profoundly shaped the culture and identity of Korea today. Comprised of more than 150 works drawn primarily from the National Museum of Korea’s collection and supplemented by objects from public and private collections in Korea and the United States, this exhibition offers a rare opportunity for American audiences to see some of these artistic masterpieces. In this course, explore the history behind the Korean masterpieces viewed in the context of Asia’s artistic identity and cultural legacy. Further understanding is offered through the examination and comparison of Korean aesthetics with those of China and Japan. A variety of themes — courtly life, society, ancestral rites, Confucianism and Buddhism, the philosophy of the dynasty and the cultural dynamics that shaped life during this time — will be explored. Scrolls, ceramics, textiles, woodblock prints as well as other precious and defining objects will inspire studio activities for teachers across the curriculum.

This course is not repeatable for credit.
This course may not be audited.
This course cannot be taken pass/fail.