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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions
This program is no longer available.

Art in the Modern World


Immerse yourself in the visual and performing arts by attending performances, visiting museums, and "making art" during this four-credit program, offered only during Summer Session.

Through a comparative approach that encompasses the traditional and the modern, the Western and the non-Western, the course provides insight into how artistic expression and cultural values correspond to socially construed notions of sensation, ritual, and tradition.

This course is a multi-sensory introduction to the literary, visual, and performing arts. Students will engage in art making, with guidance from three instructors from three departments:

  • Professor Isbell (anthropology) will guide students in the examination of narratives and poetry to enable students to create their own experimental writing.
  • Professor Ferro (art) will provide the fundamentals and theories of the virtual to allow students to create immersive art.
  • Professor Miller (music) will instruct students in gamelan (the percussive music of Indonesia) and guide them in experimentation in sound that will result in group performances as the conclusion of the course.

During a weekend field trip to New York City, students will encounter a range of art and artists in museums and studios, which will help them synthesize and critically reflect on their direct experience and hands-on activity.


Students register for Anthropology 3415/Art History 3915, for four credits. The class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. and one weekend.

For more information about this program, contact:

Billie Jean Isbell
Department of Anthropology
Cornell University
263 McGraw Hall
Telephone: 607.539.6484
Fax: 607.255.3747