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Anthro 201 Art and Society What is Art? Lecture

by: Megan Lester

Anthro 201 Art and Society What is Art? Lecture Anthropology 201

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Art and Society in Ancient and Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean
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Anthropology 201 Art and Society: What is Art? Class Lecture Notes
Art and Society in Ancient and Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean
Emily Casillas
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Megan Lester on Monday October 12, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to Anthropology 201 at Washington State University taught by Emily Casillas in Fall 2013. Since its upload, it has received 63 views. For similar materials see Art and Society in Ancient and Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean in anthropology, evolution, sphr at Washington State University.


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Date Created: 10/12/15
What is art Anthropology of art 0 quotArt is culturally signi cant meaning skillfully encoded in an affecting sensuous medium Anderson 2004 227 Culturally signi cant meaning 0 Can be iconographic or symbolic o Conduit for communication 0 Spirits and other abstract subjects become tangible 0 Storage of information Style 0 Group membership shared traditions 0 Limited by medium and cultural context 0 Manifestation of meaning Sensuous affecting medium 0 Engender powerful feelings o Stimulates senses affects emotions Special skill 0 Artists are recognized in every society 0 However differs between levels of societal complexity Function of art 0 Art is a multifunctional phenomenon 0 Not all functions are obvious o Is it necessary to know an art39s function in a society to have an aesthetic appreciation for the art Some common functions 0 Communicates cultural information 0 Trade 0 Law and order 0 Reinforce kinship and alliances 0 Show position in society 0 Demonstrate and reinforce leadership 0 Represent honor or teach religion So we know art contains meanings How 0 Symbols Permeate culture and art 0 Don t resemble the referent Object mark word image How 0 Signs Depictions that convey meaning Object action pattern event How 0 Icons 0 Some resemblance to referent o Iconography collective visual images or symbols associated with a group Artistic Mediums Music Mariachi Folk Song Collection DanceMovement Folklore Legends BaHads Myths Tales Riddles Proverbs Superstitions ody Art Tattoo Piercings Hair Jewelry Clothing OOOOOWOOOOOOO 0 Social position 0 Group membership 0 Gender Visual Arts 0 Many mediums 0 Can be functional objects Physical Mediums Hide 0 Animal skin 0 Hunting societies 0 Northern latitudes 0 Clothing 0 Painting Fringing o Applique embroidery Fiber 0 Vegetable and animal bers 0 Spun or unspun o Felting 0 Paper 0 Bark cloth 0 Weavings o Baskets Rugs 0 Clothing Basketry amp Matting o Woven bers 0 Almost always women39s art 0 Mats for furnishings o Netting 0 Fishing 0 Hammocks Textiles 0 Many purposes 0 Often highly technical o Looms for ne weaving Carving 0 Wood 0 Stone 0 Ivory o More 0 Special tools 0 Almost always men s art Modeling 0 Shape forms from soft substances then dry Resin Stucco Wax Clay 0 Pottery o Sculpture 0 Maybe polish corrugate slip paint carve applique glaze Painting 0 Large variety of mediums 0 Dry painting sand quotpaintquot 0 Pigments traditionally found in the environment Metalwork o Principally preindustriaI and industrial societies Chiefdoms States 0 Copper silver gold iron etc


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