Spring 2023 Course Highlight | Outsider Art in America

Ever considered yourself an outsider? Enroll in AH 303 | Outsider Art in America TR 2:30–3:45 PMSophomore Standing | L&S Credit | Humanities Breadth | Register hereDescription: This course examines creative circumstances and visual/material motifs in works of visionary and outsider art in America framed in contrast to the “insider” artists and establishments presuming to determine certain art as “outsider.” In addition to material culture/construction and visual vocabularies of artists, lectures will explore concepts of authenticity, issues of accessibility, and themes including excess and deprivation, paradise and torment. From bathroom-stall graffiti and trash palaces to concrete angels and a religious complex devoted to alien gods, this class has something for anyone who has ever engaged in aesthetic vandalism, identified as a cat-person, curated an ever-growing trove of Mardi-Gras beads/nostalgic trash/ritual ephemera, or built a blanket fort.