EXHIBITIONS: FROM WORLD'S FAIRS TO GLOBAL BIENNIALS
Session
Academic Term
Class Number
31463
Career
Undergraduate
Dates
1/19/2021 - 5/1/2021
Units
3 units
Grading
LG/SNC Elective Basis
Description
This course surveys the Western origins of museums, world's fairs, and biennials in the 19th century and traces the increasingly global development of exhibitions of visual and material culture up through the present day. Our focus in this long and varied history will be on those shows that have sought, not without controversy, to shape viewers' knowledge of the past, while also structuring their sense of self and relationship to others in national, international, universal, and/or global terms. We'll critically assess the motivations behind these exhibitions and the changing "world picture" each presented in relation to modernizing and globalizing tendencies of the past two centuries. We'll also take a close look not only at what these shows presented, but also how and for what purpose(s) our chosen exhibitions were organized. Whose worldview, ideology, and/or political interests did they serve? How in each case did the very arrangement of objects and the physical context of their presentation seek to articulate those interests? What sort of public did they envision and attempt to create? We'll also address how and to what extent the achievements and shortcomings of earlier exhibitions have informed the character of subsequent shows down to today. Throughout the course, we'll measure our understanding of this history against local examples of Pittsburgh's rich and extensive museum culture. Written assignments will involve students in exploring these and other local installations as we assess what role museums can and should continue to play in fostering understanding of ourselves and others now and into the future.
Class Attributes
DSAS Historical Analysis General Ed. Requirement
SCI Polymathic Contexts: Soc/Behav. GE. Req.
European and Eurasian Studies
Global Studies
Transatlantic Studies
West European Studies
Class Notes
Description for Spring 2021: This course surveys the Western origins of museums, world's fairs, and biennials in the 19th century and traces the increasingly global development of exhibitions of visual and material culture up through the present day. Our focus in this long and varied history will be on those shows that have sought, not without controversy, to shape viewers' knowledge of the past, while also structuring their sense of self and relationship to others in national, international, universal, and/or global terms. We'll critically assess the motivations behind these exhibitions and the changing 'world picture' each presented in relation to modernizing and globalizing tendencies of the past two centuries. The planned operational modality for this class is REMOTE. For more information please visit http://www.provost.pitt.edu/students/student-success-flexpitt/flex-pitt-guarded-risk-posture-all-students-remote/ The planned operational modality for this class is REMOTE. For more information please visit http://www.provost.pitt.edu/students/student-success-flexpitt/flex-pitt-guarded-risk-posture-all-students-remote/
Class Details
Instructor(s)
Barbara McCloskey
Meets
TuTh 1:15PM - 2:30PM
Meeting Dates
01/19/2021 - 05/01/2021
Room
WEB Based Class
Campus
Pittsburgh Campus
Location
Pittsburgh Campus
Components
Lecture Required
Textbooks/Materials
Textbooks to be determined
Class Availability
Status
Closed
Seats Taken
28
Seats Open
2
Combined Section Capacity
30
Unrestricted Seats
0
Restricted Seats
0
Wait List Total
0
Wait List Capacity
20
Combined Section
EXHBTNS: WRLD FAIRS-BIENNIALS
HAA 1026 - 1050 (31463)
Status: Closed
Seats Taken: 28
Wait List Total: 0
EXHBTNS: WRLD FAIRS-BIENNIALS
HAA 2026 - 1050 (31464)
Status: Open
Seats Taken: 0
Wait List Total: 0