Course Description

IN PERSON: Recent studies show that the average visitor to a museum looks at an art piece for less than 30 seconds, with 17 seconds being the average. In this course, we will sit comfortably in the Nasher Museum of Art galleries (on chairs with backs!) and spend a longer, more reflective time with one or two works of art each session. This will allow time for contemplation, exploration and deeper collaborative discussion of each work of art. We will discuss formal elements, the artist's background and other issues that might be relevant to the work: its artistic, political, historical, religious context as well as its provenance. We will also consider the location of the work in the museum: how the work’s interpretation is impacted by its context in the museum. We will participate in creative engagement activities to deepen our museum experience. | Facilitated discussion.

Max enrollment: 14.

Location: Nasher Museum of Art, 2001 Campus Drive, Durham NC 27705

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