G65.1106 Introduction to Art Worlds I Professor Nina Hien Mon 6:20 – 8:20 In this first part of the “Art Worlds” sequence, we will explore how the meanings and materialities of art have been shaped by global exchanges, colonial encounters and cultural differences. Here, we will consider the influence of modern experiences, ideologies, technologies and ways of looking on the construction, circulation, evaluation, display, and reception of art, artifacts and visual objects. We will examine visual practices and the ways in which they are produced by the economic, political, and cultural forces in specific times and particular places. Specifically, we will focus on their development in relation to imperial projects and systems, and the cultural negotiations occurring within them. We will read selected works from philosophy, art history, anthropology, journalism, literary theory, and cultural studies that have been foundational in establishing the key concepts that underlie the development of EuropeanAmerican visual theory. We will also read works that expand and explore these themes in diverse cultural contexts. Additionally, the class will ground its theoretical insights about art and its practices through in-depth investigations into the social biographies of specific objects (or sets of objects). In the process, we will learn and test out different analytical and methodological forms that may be used to understand art and image worlds.