The Modern Genius: Art and Culture in the 19th Century is a massive online open course (MOOC) in art history taught by Dr. Parme Giuntini, Assistant Chair of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of Art History. This five-week course covers issues of modernity, such as how artists such as Monet, Manet, Picasso and van Gogh radically reshaped visual culture. Students learn through video podcasts, online readings, interactive Google Art galleries, and group projects.
This will be the second time the course has been offered via the Canvas Network. It was first offered in Summer 2013; over 800 students in over 25 countries enrolled.
September 23 - October 28, 2013
Full course description
This Art History course investigates the role of the French avant-garde in developing and showcasing new modern forms and approaches to art and visual culture in the 19th century. The material addresses the most critical issues of modernity from Realism through Post-Impressionism. We will cover the stylistic changes that challenged academic art, the new subjects that confounded modern audiences, and the new roles and authority of the modern artist. To do this, we will focus on the European world through a series of video podcasts and online readings over five weeks. By the end of the course, you will understand the issues of modernity and the way that art and art-making addressed these issues as well as recognize the profound impact that 19th century Europe had in shaping our contemporary ideas of being "modern."