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ARTH 950: Coming to our senses: art history in motion

Instructor: Magee | M 2:30 PM – 5:10 PM | HAC 118

This seminar explores how the way in which we move impacts our experience and interpretation of art. It does so through a variety of interdisciplinary readings, particular case studies of artworks, and actual movement activities based in the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic EducationĀ®. The course builds through a series of specific sensory lenses, asking questions such as: When and where do you look at art? Are you aware of your body when you do so? In what ways? How do you move through a museum to look at a work of art? How do you stand or sit when you arrive at what you want to see? How does that impact your experience of that artwork? Does the space of the museum or the environment in which you encounter art itself impact your experience? How do, or should, you account for these things when you are interpreting the work? How do you move? What sounds are you aware of? How is touch implicated in these processes? How so you sit, stand, hold your phone, look at your computer, flip through your social media accounts to look at art? Each student will pursue a research project that is grounded in her or his own field of study (period of interest) but that examines it through the framework of the themes of this seminar.

  1. To request an independent study, email the faculty member you wish to work with.
  2. If the faculty member agrees to work with you, please have them email the Student Services Specialist so you can be enrolled.
  3. Monitor your inbox for an enrollment confirmation email from the Student Services Specialist.
Current UNC Students

Students registered for courses in the same term may audit an Art History course without paying an additional fee. Unregistered students may audit a course for $20.

  1. To audit Art History courses, email the course instructor and request permission to audit.
  2. Once permission is obtained, please request an audit form.
  3. Monitor your inbox for an email confirming that your form is ready to be picked up. Your email confirmation will contain further instructions.

Community Members

Community members wishing to audit an Art History course may do so for a $20 fee.

  1. To audit Art History courses, email the course instructor and request permission to audit. Recitations (designated as REC on the course schedule) are designed to be taken in conjunction with their matching lecture course and are not available for audit unless otherwise noted by the lecture instructor.
  2. If the instructor agrees to a course audit, please request an audit form. Due to a high volume of requests and limited faculty availability, audit forms can sometimes take a while to prepare. Your patience is appreciated while the Student Services Specialist works to arrange your course audit.
  3. Once your form is ready, the Student Services Specialist will contact you with instructions on registration and payment.

Additional Information

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