2022-2023 University Catalog (under review) 
    
    Oct 03, 2022  
2022-2023 University Catalog (under review)
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ARTH 146 - Introduction to Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies: Problems of Ownership and Curation


FDR: HU Humanities Distribution
Credits: 3

Cultural heritage objects are powerful artifacts to own, display, and even destroy. But why? This introductory course explores the ways art and cultural heritage objects have been stolen, laundered, purchased, curated, and destroyed in order to express political, religious, and cultural messages. Case studies and current events are studied equally to shed light on practices of looting and iconoclasm. Some of the questions we consider: What is the relationship between art and war? Under what conditions should museums return artifacts to the country/ethnic group from which the artifacts originated? What role do auction houses play in laundering art objects? What nationalist agendas are at work when cultural heritage objects are claimed by modem nation states or terrorist groups?



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