In the age of mechanical reproduction, all who have sufficient access to communication technology have ready access to artistic works. Under these conditions, it strikes many as unnecessary or redundant to visit brick and mortar museums to witness original works of art firsthand. The world, the story goes, is full of art, and the art that sits in museums can be considerably more difficult to understand than that the murals on Broad Street.

This online course will overturn that way of thinking. It is an investigation into the museum, its history and the ways that museums are relevant, even essential, for every modern citizen. By the end of the class, the student will have an understanding of the continuing magic of the museum as well as some conceptual tools for thinking about the artwork currently in your local gallery. This course will teach that art criticism is a fundamental part of critical thinking in general, and that contemplating the aesthetic can be a means of self improvement.


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