Fine Arts | Art of the South Pacific
A551 | 25698 | Diane Pelrine
Graduate Student section...
Explore colossal stone heads, elaborate tattooing, and intricate
feather work in this survey of the visual arts traditions of the South
Pacific islands of Australia, Polynesia, Micronesia, and Melanesia.
Using style regions and individual island styles as a framework, the
course emphasizes the cultural, spiritual, and historical contexts of
objects ranging from weapons to masks, figures, and bark painting. The
focus is on the traditional arts, but contemporary forms will also be
Course requirements include readings, two non-cumulative exams, and a
visual analysis and research paper based on an object in the IU Art
Museum as well as a couple of smaller assignments.