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F110 Spring 2019 Everyone Has an Opinion: Memorable Artistic Scandals

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F110 Spring 2019 Everyone Has an Opinion: Memorable Artistic Scandals
Thursdays, 11:50–1:15, Mar. 28–Apr. 18
Four sessions
Fairfax Lord of Life
Instructor: Christopher With

Over the centuries, artists have created impressive works of art. Sometimes artists are known equally for offensive as well as masterful creations. Scandals are a sustained undercurrent in the art world—especially in our modern age—replete with challenges to the artistic, social, and political order. Using four examples, this course will describe the scandalous art work, discuss the painter's career and intentions, address the reasons for the scandal, and explain its ultimate resolution (if any). Beyond each of these descriptive concerns and underlying each of them lurks the larger philosophical issue of who determines the meaning and value of a work of art—the creator, the general public, gallery owners and museum professionals, the courts, or the government.
  • Mar. 28: Edouard Manet’s Olympia.
  • Apr. 4: John Singer Sargent’s Portrait of Madame X.
  • Apr. 11: Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain.
  • Apr. 18: Richard Serra’s Tilted Arc.
Christopher With has worked in the education division of the National Gallery of Art and has a degree in German history from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Class Details

4 Sessions
Weekly - Thu

Fairfax Lord of Life Lutheran Church

Chris With 

Class Fee: 


Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
3/28/2019 - 4/18/2019 Weekly - Thu 11:50 AM - 1:15 PM Fairfax, Fairfax Lord of Life Lutheran Church  Map, Room: Sanctuary Chris With 

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