2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

IAHIS 3800 The Nude

This class examines the image of the nude from Greek sculpture and vase painting to contemporary popular images. While both sexes receive attention, the female nude will be central to the discussion of gender discourse in post-Enlightenment West. The class also analyzes the age-old controversy over the nude" versus the "naked" (which leads to the question of art versus pornography) in light of such contemporary debates as the one over Robert Mapplethorpe's photographs. Finally in addition to the readings and written assignments the course offers a studio component. Students organize an exhibition of their own works on the theme of the nude.