Fine Arts | Art & Democracy in America
E103 | 15542 | Bowles


This course raises historical questions about the role of art in
democracy. What role has art played in defining America, its history
and citizens? How has government support for the arts shaped and
reflected changing attitudes about democracy? Students will explore
a variety of legal, philosophical, moral and political arguments for
the place and importance of art and architecture in their hometowns
and in American society.
	The course meets for two lectures and one discussion section
per week. Requirements typically include two exams, four written
responses to reading assignments, three two- to three-page writing
assignments completed in conjunction with an in-class presentation
and two group projects, readings and participation in classroom
discussions. Within small groups, students will stage debates over
landmark controversies surrounding freedom of expression and
government support for the arts, and the various proposals for
rebuilding Ground Zero and creating a monument to the victims of
September 11, 2001. Students will also report on civic buildings and
public monuments of their choice, in Bloomington and elsewhere,
producing case studies that combine research with first-hand
observation.