HC 434H/421H: Art & Politics from Michelangelo to YouTube

Professor: Jamie Harper

4.00 credits

• CRN 17078: Monday & Wednesday, 1015-1145 @ ALL 101

This course considers the interrelationship of art and politics over the centuries, spanning from about 1500 to the present. Beginning with the aggressive "selffashioning" of renaissance dynasties like the Medici, who used artists to craft their public image, it goes on to consider partnerships between artists and rulers in the baroque era. Art also served the politics of revolution, in both Europe and America. Later topics will include the politics of war memorials, the artist as political protester, and the use of visual imagery in contemporary presidential campaigns. The course will conclude with an analysis of the Obama campaign's canny use of visual art, which is understood more fully within the context of 500 years of history.