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Undergraduate Lower-Division

Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Writing on East and Southeast Asian Ceramics Course Number: R1B Section 2 | CCN: 24537

Susan Eberhard

Tuesday, Thursday: 9:30-11:00am

Ceramics are tools for use, surfaces for ornament, feats of technology, and carriers of meaning across cultural and geographic borders. Ceramics produced in east and southeast Asia are considered among the world’s first global commodities. They are also fascinating works...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Art and Visual Culture in Twentieth-Century African American Freedom Struggles Course Number: R1B Section 3 | CCN: 24538

Amy O'Hearn

Tuesday, Thursday: 11:00-12:30pm

Rosa Parks’ mug shot, sit-ins at a Woolworth’s counter in North Carolina, and the March on Washington.  These are some of the images that are commonly associated with the quintessential African American freedom struggle in the United States.  But why...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Contemporary Art and US Imperialism Course Number: R1B Section 4 | CCN: 24539

E. C. Feiss

Tuesday, Thursday: 12:30-2:00pm

This course explores how to look at, write, and think about art after 1945 in relation to the U.S. imperial project. In the wake of the Second World War, the United States vied for dominance on the world stage, expanding...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Missing Heads, Mermaids, and Masquerades: Visual Culture in Urban Nigeria Course Number: R1B Section 5 | CCN: 24540

Ivy Mills

Tuesday, Thursday: 2:00-3:30pm

When the new public sculpture honoring legendary musician and activist Fela Kuti was unveiled in Lagos, some were dismayed by the artist’s choices.  Abolore Sobayo fashioned the figure in a pose reminiscent of iconic photographs of Fela on stage. In...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Colonial Pasts, Decolonial Futures: South Asia in the Museum Course Number: R1B Section 6 | CCN: 24541

Shivani Sud

Tuesday, Thursday: 3:30-5:00pm

This course will trace the histories of displaying and interpreting the art of South Asia from the nineteenth century to the present, as well as explore new possibilities for curating South Asian art in the future. In addition to studying...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Art Practices in the Early Modern Iberian World Course Number: R1B Section 7 | CCN: 24542

Verónica Muñoz-Nájar

Tuesday, Thursday: 5:00-6:30pm

This course introduces undergraduate students to diverse artistic forms and practices created between the 15th and the 18th centuries in the Iberian world, a formation that, thanks to the expansionist projects of Portugal and Spain, came to include parts of...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Woven Worlds: Understanding Textiles Course Number: R1B Section 8 | CCN: 27781

Kristine Barrett

Monday, Wednesday: 5:00-6:30pm

This course explores the visual, technological, and cultural significance of textiles.  We will approach cloth and its production as an expressive encoding technology and synesthesiac medium that combines visual and tactile sensibilities with a range of entangled meanings, histories, narratives...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Image and/as Identity in Mexico Course Number: R1B Section 1 | CCN: 21455

Ramon De Santiago

Monday, Wednesday: 8:00-9:30am

This course explores how visual and material culture both reflect and construct Mexican identities over time by considering the role images play in the formation of a shared imagined community. By looking closely at select objects from the sixteenth century...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Re-Creating the Virgin Mary in the Spanish Viceroyalties Course Number: R1B Section 1 | CCN: 21675

Joseph Albanese

Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00-9:30am (Remote)

IMPORTANT: Seats in this remote section have been reserved for those students who are unable to return to in-person instruction on the campus. To register in the course under these circumstances, please contact the instructor, Joe Albanese, at josephalbanese@berkeley.edu and...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: American Moderns/American Orients: Asian American Art and Design Before 1970 Course Number: R1B Section 2 | CCN: 21676

Susan Eberhard

Tuesday, Thursday: 9:30-11:00am

How did artists and communities of Asian descent claim forms of self-representation — and wield strategies of creative adaptation — in the twentieth-century United States? This course begins with the rebuilding of San Francisco’s Chinatown after the 1906 earthquake, and...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Moving Objects, Static Stories Course Number: R1B Section 3 | CCN: 21699

Kristen Keach

Tuesday, Thursday: 11:00-12:30pm (Remote)

IMPORTANT: Seats in this remote section have been reserved for those students who are unable to return to in-person instruction on the campus. To register in the course under these circumstances, please contact the instructor, Kristen Keach, at kkeach@berkeley.edu and...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: A Patterned Language: De-coding Textiles Course Number: R1B Section 4 | CCN: 21700

Kristine Barrett

Tuesday, Thursday: 12:30-2:00pm

Prior to mechanized cloth production, textiles were often imbued with regenerative and cosmological associations, and contributed to social and political organization—tying communities and families together while simultaneously subject to degradation and decay. As Mary Schoeser notes, “It can be argued...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Missing Heads, Mermaids, and Masquerades: Visual Culture in Urban Nigeria Course Number: R1B Section 5 | CCN: 21701

Ivy Mills

Tuesday, Thursday: 2:00-3:30pm

When the new public sculpture honoring legendary musician and activist Fela Kuti was unveiled in Lagos, some were dismayed by the artist’s choices.  Abolore Sobayo fashioned the figure in a pose reminiscent of iconic photographs of Fela on stage. In...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Art Practices in the Early Modern Iberian World Course Number: R1B Section 6 | CCN: 21702

Verónica Muñoz-Nájar

Tuesday, Thursday: 3:30-5:00pm

This course introduces undergraduate students to diverse artistic forms and practices created between the 15th and the 18th centuries in the Iberian world, a formation that, thanks to the expansionist projects of Portugal and Spain, came to include parts of...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Depicting Food and Drink in Mediterranean Antiquity Course Number: R1B Section 7 | CCN: 21703

Jennifer Black

Tuesday, Thursday: 5:00-6:30pm (Remote)

OPEN SEATS for all students qualified to take R1B. To enroll, contact the instructor – Jennifer Black – at jenniferblack@berkeley.edu.   Illustrations of food — sumptuous, simple, half-consumed, or yet to be hunted — have been central to human art for at...

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Reading and Writing about the Visual Experience: Diego Rivera Course Number: R1B Section 8 | CCN: 23664

Grace Kuipers

Monday, Wednesday: 5:00-6:30pm

This course focuses on the influential career of the immensely popular artist Diego Rivera. A celebrated painter who traveled between Europe, Mexico, and the United States, Rivera straddled cubism and social realism, marxism and indigenismo, and evinced a romantic attachment...

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Reading & Writing about the Visual Experience: Aesthetics of Black Liberation Advocacy Course Number: HA R1B Section 1 | CCN: 22328

Gabriel Regalado

Monday, Wednesday: 8:00-9:30am

This course will explore the history of aesthetic and performance repertoires of Black radical protest movements in the U.S. with particular focus on the era of Black Lives Matter activism. We will survey the rhetoric and iconography of Black radical...

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Art and Social Change in Asia (Session A) Course Number: HA 37 | CCN: 15713

Stephanie Hohlios

Mon-Thurs, 12-2:00pm

This course thematizes the mobility of people, artworks, and ideas in and through Asia from the late Twentieth Century to now. It considers the role of diaspora communities in reframing histories of migration, colonization, and conflict. It foregrounds the role...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Art and Visual Culture in Twentieth-Century African American Freedom Struggles Course Number: R1B Section 2 | CCN: 21456

Amy O’Hearn

Monday, Wednesday: 9:30-11:00am

Rosa Parks’ mug shot, sit-ins at a Woolworth’s counter in North Carolina, and the March on Washington. These are some of the images that are commonly associated with the quintessential African American freedom struggle in the United States. But why...

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Reading & Writing about the Visual Experience: The Golden Age of Dead Media: Nostalgia in Modern Chinese Visual Culture Course Number: R1B Section 2 | CCN: 22329

Julia Keblinska

Monday, Wednesday: 9:30-11:00am

Contemporary media culture has been described as “retromania,” “the aesthetics of obsolescence,” and “the golden age of dead media.” Our quotidian experiences with popular culture and new media, it seems, are haunted with memories of old, dead media. Contemporary China too is...

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Introduction to Modern Art (Session D) Course Number: HA 80 | CCN: 15380

Karine Douplitzky

Mon-Thurs, 10-12:00pm

This course will offer a general overview of artistic works produced during the period extending from the 1860s to the 1970s – when some cultural critics began speaking of « the end of painting. » Over this long period, we will challenge...

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Reading & Writing about Visual Experience: Language Arts Course Number: R1B Section 3 | CCN: 22330

Tiffany Taylor

Monday, Wednesday: 11:00am-12:30pm

This course primarily focuses on the analysis of conceptual art. Through the juxtaposition of text and image in art, we will explore and challenge our assumptions and theories about language and art. Each week, we will focus on one or...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Radical Feminist Art in Times of Dictatorship Course Number: R1B Section 4 | CCN: 22331

Lesdi C. Goussen Robleto

Monday, Wednesday: 12:30-2:00pm

Under the violence of dictatorial regimes, social repression, and foreign intervention, artists across Latin America and the Caribbean have historically turned to art as a tool of demonstration and resistance. Looking closely at the political and social climate of the...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Depicting Food and Drink in Mediterranean Antiquity Course Number: R1B Section 5 | CCN: 22332

Jennifer Black

Monday, Wednesday: 2:00-3:30pm

Illustrations of food — sumptuous, simple, half-consumed, or yet to be hunted — have been central to human art for at least forty thousand years. The centrality of food and drink to cultural identity and survival has lent it this...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Decolonizing Vision: Representing Latin Americanness in Modern and Contemporary Art Course Number: R1B Section 6 | CCN: 22333

Megan Alvarado Saggese

Monday, Wednesday: 3:30-5:00pm

This course aims to develop students’ critical thinking, looking, reading, and writing skills through close analysis of visual art and aesthetic theory, with a particular emphasis on twentieth and twenty-first century art in Latin America. We will read works of...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Art and Crisis in Neoliberal Senegal Course Number: R1B Section 3 | CCN: 21473

Ivy Mills

Monday, Wednesday: 11:00-12:30pm

Senegal has long been a beacon of art and culture on the continent. In the 1960s, the government of Leopold Sedar Senghor—poet, philosopher, and first president of independent Senegal—famously dedicated 25% of the state budget to art and culture, and...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Food Writing Art Historically Course Number: R1B Section 7 | CCN: 22334

Jon Soriano

Monday, Wednesday: 5:00-6:30pm

Can food be art historical? Does being perishable, consumable, and all too familiar mean something is outside the canonical domains of art? Certainly, some forms of food can be identified with very specific people, places, and historical moments. Might the...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Shadow Art History: Specters, Trauma, and Hauntings of the Unseen Course Number: R1B Section 8 | CCN: 25981

Riad Kherdeen

Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00-9:30am

Art history, as an academic discipline, is founded on a belief in close looking. Indeed, there is much to be learned about history and about the world from carefully analyzing visual and material culture. But there is also much to...

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Western Art from the Renaissance to the Present Course Number: HA C11 | CCN: 30804

Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby

Tuesday, Thursday: 12:30-2:00pm

This course is an introduction to visual art in Europe and the USA since the 14th century with the main emphasis on painting and sculpture. Rather than attempting to offer a sweeping synthetic narrative of the development of art during...

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ASIA MODERN: Art + Architecture, 1800-present Course Number: HA 36 | CCN: 30805

Atreyee Gupta

Tuesday, Thursday: 2:00-3:30pm

This course is intended as an introduction to the art and architecture of modern South, Southeast, and East Asia. Asia, of course, is as vast as it is diverse. Keeping this in mind, this course will not attempt an encyclopedic...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Monsters in the Ancient Mediterranean Course Number: R1B Section 4 | CCN: 21474

Erin Lawrence-Roseman

Monday, Wednesday: 12:30-2:00pm

What exactly is a monster? From the very beginning, humans have created art representing the world around them, but what does it mean when we leave reality behind and begin making images of fanciful or terrifying creatures that belong to...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Reading Meaning, Writing Meaning: Jan van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait Course Number: R1B Section 1 | CCN: 21888

Joseph Albanese

Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00-9:30am

The Wikipedia tab of a Google search for the Arnolfini Portrait states that its central subject matter is “marriage,” but anyone who spends time viewing this enigmatic masterpiece–either digitally or surrounded by an excited crowd in London’s National Gallery–will surely...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: The Golden Age of Dead Media: Nostalgia in Modern Chinese Visual Culture Course Number: R1B Section 2 | CCN: 21889

Julia Keblinska

Tuesday, Thursday: 9:30-11:00am

Contemporary media culture has been described as “retromania,” “the aesthetics of obsolescence,” and “the golden age of dead media.” Our quotidian experiences with popular culture and new media, it seems, are haunted with memories of old, dead media. Contemporary China too is...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Indigenous and Colonial Mural Painting in Latin America Course Number: R1B Section 3 | CCN: 21916

Yessica Liliana Porras

Tuesday, Thursday: 11:00-12:30pm

Mural paintings represent the human impulse to visually register social, economic, political, and historical circumstances over the walls of different architectural structures, at various periods of time. Although mural paintings are omnipresent in the lives of people today, it is...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Folklore and Contemporary Art Course Number: R1B Section 5 | CCN: 21475

Kristine Barrett

Monday, Wednesday: 2:00-3:30pm

This course explores the use of folk arts, folklore, and “the folkloresque” in contemporary art. We will begin by asking: What is folklore? Who are “the folk” (and who are not)? What kinds of socio-political structures and identities are articulated...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Work and the Idioms of Space, Movement, and Materials Course Number: R1B Section 4 | CCN: 21917

William Stafford

Tuesday, Thursday: 12:30-2:00pm

In this course, we will explore engagements with ‘work’ and ‘worksites’ through visual means and media. We will aim to navigate the stakes, ethics, and affects expressed in and through work as a mode of knowing, making, and performance. We...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Shadow Art History: Specters, Trauma, and Hauntings of the Unseen Course Number: R1B Section 5 | CCN: 21918

Riad Kherdeen

Tuesday, Thursday: 2:00-3:30pm

Art history, as an academic discipline, is founded on a belief in close looking. Indeed, there is much to be learned about history and about the world from carefully analyzing visual and material culture. But there is also much to...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Art Under Pressure: American Art in Times of Upheaval Course Number: R1B Section 6 | CCN: 21919

Mathilde Andrews

Tuesday, Thursday: 3:30-5:00pm

How can art still be meaningful in times of crisis? This course will examine how art in the United States has responded to intense national conflicts and challenges. Beginning with the Revolutionary War and ending with the Civil Rights Movement, we will look at...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Art under Fascism: Italy, Germany, and Argentina, 1918-1955 Course Number: R1B Section 7 | CCN: 21920

Megan Alvarado Saggese

Tuesday, Thursday: 5:00-6:30pm

This course aims to develop students’ critical thinking, looking, reading, and writing skills through close analysis of visual art and aesthetic theory, with a particular emphasis on twentieth-century art under fascist regimes in Italy, Germany, and Argentina. To better understand...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Esoterica Course Number: R1B Section 8 | CCN: 24127

Jon Soriano

Monday, Wednesday: 8:00-9:30am

Esoteric art is obscure and intentionally so. Unintelligible to the uninitiated, esoterica is shaped by systems of thought and practice at odds with institutional or normative modes of vision, especially those commonly classified as scientific and modern. This class examines...

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Survey of Western Art Course Number: HA 10 | CCN: 25646

Lisa Pieraccini

Mon, Wed, Fri: 1:00-2:00pm

This course is an examination of ancient art from the Prehistoric to the Medieval Periods – within the western perspective  It will introduce you to looking at and interpreting art in different ways, exploring the relationship of various visual art...

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Art—Take, Break, and Fake It Course Number: HA 17 | CCN: 33197

Gregory Levine

Tuesday, Thursday: 12:30-2:00pm

Why do people steal art, destroy art, and fake art? These are not behaviors we usually associate with artistic creativity,beauty, and history. Is art theft, destruction, and forgery the “dark side” of Art as an embodiment of human cultural achievement?  Or...

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“Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Tracing Religion and Spirit in the Art of Southeast Asia “ Course Number: R1B Section 6 | CCN: 21476

Katherine Bruhn

Monday, Wednesday: 3:30-5:00pm

In Southeast Asia, religion permeates everyday life. This pervasiveness is informed by a long history of indigenous beliefs as well as exposure to world religions through centuries of maritime trade and the rapid movement of peoples in the contemporary era....

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Arts of China Course Number: HA 34 | CCN: 31557

Jun Hu

Mon, Wed, Fri: 3:00-4:00pm

This course, for which no prior experience of Chinese art or history is required, will provide an overview of developments in the visual arts of China from the Neolithic period to the present. Special attention will be devoted to relating...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Depicting Food and Drink in Mediterranean Antiquity Course Number: R1B Section 7 | CCN: 21477

Jennifer Black

Monday, Wednesday: 5:00-6:30pm

Illustrations of food — sumptuous, simple, half-consumed, or yet to be hunted — have been central to human art for at least forty thousand years. The centrality of food and drink to cultural identity and survival has lent it this...

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Art and Social Change in Asia: Contemporary Art + Architecture from Asia, ca. 1945-present (Session D) Course Number: HA 37 | CCN: 15418

Stephanie Hohlios

Mon-Thurs, 2-4:00pm

This course explores how art and artists across Asia participate in a creative field of “global contemporaneity” (kokusaiteki dōjidaisei), to use Japanese art critic Haryū Ichirō’s term, from roughly 1945 to today. Case studies focus on experimental and socially-engaged art...

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Introduction to Modern Art (Session D) Course Number: HA 80 | CCN: 13093

Karine Douplitzky

Mon-Thurs, 10-12:00pm

This course will offer a general overview of artistic works produced during the period extending from the 1860s to the 1970s – when some cultural critics began speaking of « the end of painting. » Over this long period, we will challenge...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Bodily Possession: The Modern Anatomical Museum in the West Course Number: R1B Section 8 | CCN: 23232

Tulasi Johnson

Tuesday, Thursday: 5:00-6:30pm

This course explores the history of the collection, possession, and display of the human body in Western Europe and the United States, from the 1700s to the long 19th century. We will focus on key moments in this history, including...

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Introduction to Western Art – Ancient to Medieval Course Number: HA 10 | CCN: 24806

Lisa Pieraccini

Mon, Wed, Fri: 1:00-2:00pm

This course is an examination of ancient art from the Prehistoric through the Medieval periods with a focus on and questioning of the western perspective.  You will be introduced to major works of art and architecture from various time periods...

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Introduction to Modern Art (Session D) Course Number: HA 80 | CCN: 15874

Mathilde Andrews

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday | 10:00 - 12:00PM

This course introduces students to modern western art from the 1860s to the 1960s. It aims to demystify the “isms” of modern art—including Cubism, Expressionism, Fauvism, Impressionism, Minimalism, Modernism, Post-Impressionism, and Surrealism—as well as labels such as Art Nouveau, Arts...

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Intro to Ancient Art (Western perspective) Course Number: HA 10 | CCN: 24125

Lisa Pieraccini

Mon, Wed, Fri: 1:00-2:00pm

This course is an examination of ancient art from the Prehistoric through the Medieval periods (with a focus on and questioning of the western perspective). You will be introduced to major (and minor) works of art and architecture from various...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: The Art of Death: Precolumbian Representations of Death and the Afterlife Course Number: R1B Section 1 | CCN: 19908

Molly Fierer-Donaldson

Monday, Wednesday: 8:00-9:30am

This course will focus on how the Precolumbian people of Mesoamerica, especially the Maya and Nahua (Aztec), conceptualized, enacted, and visually represented their ideas of death and the afterlife. We will explore these societies’ responses to death — and their visions...

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Contemporary Art + Architecture from Asia, ca. 1945-present Course Number: HA 37 | CCN: 31075

Atreyee Gupta

Tuesday, Thursday: 3:30-5:00pm

This course will offer an overview of contemporary art and architecture from South, Southeast, and East Asia. Beginning around 1945 and paying special attention to new avant-garde and experimental practices, the lectures will trace the emergence of abstraction, hyperrealism, pop...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Picturing Absence: The Silence and Excess of Trauma Course Number: R1B Section 1 | CCN: 22519

Katherine Guerra

Monday | Wednesday: 8:00 - 9:30am

In this course, we will examine films that have critical reputations marking them as either bombastic and fast-paced, or restrained with very little dialogue. We will investigate the ways in which films from generic traditions can represent marginalized bodies/experiences/voices...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Networks as Art, Networks as Art History Course Number: R1B Section 1 | CCN: 04853

This course will examine models of connectivity and interaction in relation to human cognition and cultural production. Critical readings will include Bateson, Luhmann, Manovich, Deleuze, Lima, Tufte and Bertin. ...

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Baek(je) to (Nam June) Paik: Korean Art in Global Context Course Number: HA 32 | CCN: 30972

Jun Hu, Kwi Jeong Lee

Tuesday, Thursday: 9:30-11:00am

Writing of his Good Morning Mr. Orwell (1984), a first international satellite installation of any kind, Nam June Paik (1932-2006) celebrates how the satellite now allows the artist to “shorten distances by shrinking the earth,” in the same way that...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Material Remix: Collage and Mixed-Media Practices in the 20th Century (Session A) Course Number: R1B Section 1 | CCN: 13545

Claire Ittner

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday | 10:00 - 12:00PM

“Remixing,” “collage,” “sampling,” “assemblage,” “pastiche,” “bricolage”: the history of art in the 20th and 21st centuries is in many ways the history of practices that push beyond the frame and substrate of traditional artmaking. This course focuses on the histories...

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Indigenous Arts in the Americas: Old and New Media Course Number: HUM 10 Compass Course | CCN: 28552

Julia Bryan-Wilson, Natalia Brizuela, Beth Piatote

Tuesday & Thursday, 2:00-3:00pm

THIS CLASS investigates recent Indigenous creative practices—including poetry, film, dance, photography, and textiles—from across the Americas to think about how these forms of making and expression are not discrete but rather intimately woven together. Looking at work from North and...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: The Nature of Monsters Course Number: R1B Section 2 | CCN: 19909

Caty Telfair

Monday, Wednesday: 9:30-11:00am

Modern culture is bristling with monsters: vampires, werewolves, sphinxes and Frankensteins  galore have taken over our big and small screens, haunt our bookshelves, and stalk the halls of our museums and galleries. Even as a literal belief in monsters and the...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Medicine and the Art of Observation Course Number: R1B Section 2 | CCN: 22520

Eva Allan

Monday | Wednesday: 9:30 - 11:00am

Increasingly over the past 20 years, medical schools have started to integrate art observation courses into their curricula. The visual tools of art history–observation and questioning; careful, critical looking; and noticing details in relation to the whole–have been shown to...

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Western Art from the Renaissance to the Present Course Number: HA C11 | CCN: 28855

Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby

Tuesday, Thursday: 9:30-11:00am

This course is an introduction to visual art in Europe and the USA since the 14th century with the main emphasis on painting and sculpture. Rather than attempting to offer a sweeping synthetic narrative of the development of art during...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Medicine, Museums, and the Art of Observation Course Number: R1B Section 3 | CCN: 19910

Eva Allan

Monday, Wednesday: 11:00-12:30pm

Increasingly over the past 20 years, medical schools have started to partner with local museums in order to integrate art observation courses into their curricula. The visual tools of art history—observation and questioning; careful, critical looking; and noticing details in relation to the whole—have been shown to...

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Contemporary Art + Architecture from Asia, ca. 1945-present Course Number: HA 37 | CCN: 25793

Atreyee Gupta

Tuesday, Thursday: 3:30-5:00pm

This course will offer an overview of contemporary art and architecture from South, Southeast, and East Asia. Beginning around 1945 and paying special attention to new avant-garde and experimental practices, the lectures will trace the emergence of abstraction, hyperrealism, pop...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Imagining the Hemisphere: Key Terms for Contesting Modern Art and the America(s) (Session D) Course Number: R1B Section 2 | CCN: 13546

Grace Kuipers

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday | 10:00 - 12:00PM

In the early twentieth century, visions of a hemispheric American identity emerged as a way to distinguish cultural production in the Americas as distinct from an older, dominant European model. A number of artists and institutions attempted to unite the...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Blackness and Visuality Course Number: R1B Section 2 | CCN: 04856

Seulghee Lee

“Blackness” designates both the constitutive marker of the odious Enlightenment concept of “race” as well as the cultural life that emerges despite and beyond that mark. Since “blackness” also already designates this foundational tension as a problem of the visual field, one mightprivilege sight as a way to...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Monsters and the monstrous, eighteenth century to the present Course Number: R1B Section 3 | CCN: 22521

Caty Telfair

Monday | Wednesday: 11:00 - 12:30pm

Modern culture is bristling with monsters: vampires, werewolves, zombies and Frankensteins galore have taken over our big and small screens, haunt our bookshelves, and stalk the halls of our museums and galleries. We don’t believe in monsters, per se –...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Esoterica Course Number: R1B Section 4 | CCN: 19911

Jon Soriano

Monday, Wednesday: 12:30-2:00pm

Esoteric art is obscure and intentionally so. Unintelligible to the uninitiated, esoterica is shaped by systems of thought and practice at odds with institutional or normative modes of vision, especially those commonly classified as scientific and modern. This class examines how contemporary scholars...

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Visual Cultures of Africa Course Number: HA 27 | CCN: 30938

Ivy Mills

Tuesday, Thursday: 9:30-11:00am

Primitive. Tribal. Traditional. Authentic. These are the lenses that have fixed African visual cultures in relation to the dominant aesthetic traditions of the West. These classifications are based on “an Africa of the mind”—an Africa imagined as untainted, unchanging, and...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Monsters and the monstrous, eighteenth century to the present Course Number: R1B Section 4 | CCN: 22522

Caty Telfair

Monday | Wednesday: 12:30 - 2:00pm

Modern culture is bristling with monsters: vampires, werewolves, zombies and Frankensteins galore have taken over our big and small screens, haunt our bookshelves, and stalk the halls of our museums and galleries. We don’t believe in monsters, per se –...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Tativille Course Number: R1B Section 3 | CCN: 04859

What is the Metropolis?  Or rather, what is meant by Metropolis?  In 1973, the Italian philosopher – and eventual mayor of Venice – Massimo Cacciari offered the following response: “the Metropolis,” he concluded, “is the general form assumed by the...

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Western Art from the Renaissance to the Present (Session D) Course Number: HA N11 | CCN: 16049

Matthew Culler

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday | 2:00 - 4:00PM

This course is an introduction to the visual arts of Western Europe and the USA from the 14th-century to the present day. While various mediums of art-making will be discussed, we will primarily focus on what are often referred to...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Contemporary Art and Controversy Course Number: R1B Section 5 | CCN: 19912

Jez Flores

Monday, Wednesday: 2:00-3:30pm

This course examines art at the center of public controversy in the United States since the 1970s. We will be exploring art in a range of media including painting, sculpture, photography, prints, and video. The content of this course is...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Computing the Visual Course Number: R1B Section 5 | CCN: 22523

Nick Gutierrez

Monday | Wednesday: 2:00 - 3:30pm

In this course, we will practice the skills of college level reading, writing, and research through a critical investigation of the impact of digital images on twentieth and twenty-first century visual cultures. We will analyze digital images in the...

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Introduction to Modern Art (Session A) Course Number: HA N80 | CCN: 14224

Jez Flores

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday | 12:00 - 2:00PM

This course will offer a general overview of the history of twentieth-century art. We will begin with a brief look back into dominant trends of the nineteenth century and will conclude in the 1970s. Although many accounts of Modern Art...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Freedom of Expression: Modern Art and Politics Course Number: R1B Section 4 | CCN: 04862

Amy Kim

This course explores the relationship between art and politics through a focus on the theme of the freedom of expression in the twentieth century. Although it is often assumed that certain forms of art are covered under the First Amendment...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Work and the Idioms of Body, Instrument, and Scene Course Number: R1B Section 6 | CCN: 19913

William Stafford

Monday, Wednesday: 3:30-5:00pm

In this course, we will explore engagements with ‘work’ and ‘worksites’ through visual means and media. We will aim to navigate the stakes, ethics, and affects expressed in and through work as a mode of knowing, making, and performance. We...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: The Life and Death of Disegno Course Number: R1B Section 1 | CCN: 21607

Kevin Block

Monday | Wednesday: 8:00 - 9:30am

The concept of disegno is one of the most important and difficult concepts in Renaissance art and architectural theory, one that continues to structure contemporary understandings of creativity. The difficulty of disegno stems from the concept’s ambivalence. On the one...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Hauntings Course Number: R1B Section 2 | CCN: 21608

Caty Telfair

Monday | Wednesday: 9:30 - 11:00am

“There is no place that is not haunted by many different spirits hidden there in silence … Haunted places are the only ones people can live in.”                                     Michel de Certeau Ghosts, literal and metaphorical, are found in the blurry boundaries of understanding...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Hauntings Course Number: R1B Section 3 | CCN: 21648

Caty Telfair

Monday | Wednesday: 11:00 - 12:30pm

“There is no place that is not haunted by many different spirits hidden there in silence … Haunted places are the only ones people can live in.”                             Michel de Certeau Ghosts, literal and metaphorical, are found in the blurry boundaries of understanding...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: The Architecture of Home – Artistic Representations from Levittown to the Co-house Course Number: R1B Section 6 | CCN: 22524

Ioana Chinan

Monday | Wednesday: 3:30 - 5:00pm

The architecture of the home is the result of a historically constructed juxtaposition between visual representations (advertisement, marketing) and the social manifestations of domestic life (everyday practices, housing policy among other manifestations). In twentieth-century America, the abstract notion of home...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Food Writing Art Historically Course Number: R1B Section 4 | CCN: 21649

Jon Soriano

Monday | Wednesday: 12:30 - 2:00pm

Can food be art historical? Claims of its homeliness, perishability, and immediate use-value seem to place food outside the traditional domain of art. However, unique forms of food can certainly be identified with specific places and times. ...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Art and Space: Tian’anmen Since 1911 Course Number: R1B Section 5 | CCN: 04865

Yi Yi (Rosaline) Kyo

Since 1911, the area of Tian’anmen Gate and Square has gone through major spacial and architectural renovations. Along with these physical changes, the area has developed into a highly charged space for political theatre and protest. This class will consider artworks in...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Secret, Hidden, and Lost Objects in Buddhist Material Culture Course Number: R1B Section 5 | CCN: 21650

Mary Lewine

Monday | Wednesday: 2:00 - 3:30pm

In this course, we will explore themes of hiddenness, secrecy, and inaccessibility in the art and material culture of Buddhism in East Asia—and in writings about sacred objects, sites, and visual experience from within the tradition. We will read travelogues...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Missing Heads, Mermaids, and Masquerades: Visual Culture in Urban Nigeria Course Number: R1B Section 6 | CCN: 21651

Ivy Mills

Monday | Wednesday: 3:30 - 5:00pm

When the new public sculpture honoring legendary musician and activist Fela Kuti was unveiled in Lagos, some were dismayed by the artist’s choices. Abolore Sobayo fashioned the figure in a pose reminiscent of iconic photographs of Fela on stage....

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Truth, Text, and the Indexical Photograph Course Number: R1B Section 7 | CCN: 21652

Bessie Young

Monday | Wednesday: 5:00 - 6:30pm

What does it mean to say that we can “read” a photograph? Victor Burgin writes that "the intelligibility of the photograph is no simple thing; photographs are texts inscribed in terms of what we may call ‘photographic discourse,’ but this...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Movement in Modernist Art: A Global Perspective Course Number: R1B Section 7 | CCN: 19914

Megan Alvarado Saggese

Monday, Wednesday: 5:00-6:30pm

This course aims to develop students’ critical thinking, looking, reading, writing, and research skills through close analysis of visual art, with a particular emphasis on twentieth-century kinetic art. Using Frank Popper’s Origins and Development of Kinetic Art to guide the course, we will reflect on how a concern with motion in earlier art movements...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Medicine and the Art of Observation Course Number: R1B Section 8 | CCN: 24507

Eva Allan

Tuesday | Thursday: 11:00 - 12:30pm

Increasingly over the past 20 years, medical schools have started to integrate art observation courses into their curricula. The visual tools of art history–observation and questioning; careful, critical looking; and noticing details in relation to the whole–have been shown to...

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Freshman Seminar: Feminism and Other Life Skills Course Number: HA 24 | CCN: 32183

Lauren Kroiz

Friday | 1:00 - 2:00pm

What does it mean to be a feminist now? What is feminism’s lineage? What does feminism look like? How can feminism teach us now? This course is designed to give students an introduction to key texts in feminist theory with...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Weapons of Mass Seduction: Modern Chinese Encounters with Propaganda Course Number: R1B Section 7 | CCN: 22525

Julia Keblinska

Monday | Wednesday: 5:00 - 6:30pm

Propaganda is often dismissed as obvious and heavy-handed political messaging that suppresses individual expression and artistic creativity in the name of a violent regime. Today, it is hard to take Chairman Mao—whose rhetoric turned culture into a weapon—at his word...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Ambiguities Course Number: R1B Section 6 | CCN: 04868

Catherine Telfair

Much of the study of art history involves the identification and categorization of objects, and the resulting articulation of a stylistic and historical trajectory for the development of art. This endeavor, important as it is for our understanding of art...

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Contemporary Art + Architecture from Asia, ca. 1945-present Course Number: HA 37 | CCN: 32149

Atreyee Gupta

Tuesday | Thursday: 3:30 - 5:00pm

This course will offer an overview of contemporary art and architecture from South, Southeast, and East Asia. Beginning around 1945 and paying special attention to new avant-garde and experimental practices, the lectures will trace the emergence of abstraction, hyperrealism, pop...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Cultural Heritage: Theory, Practice, and Politics Course Number: R1B Section 8 | CCN: 24461

Patricia Yu

Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00-9:00am

This is the second course in the Reading and Composition series. We will focus on how to read critically, compose arguments, conduct research, and write a 10-12 page research paper using visual evidence and citing appropriate sources. In addition to reading texts...

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Introduction to Modern Art Course Number: HA 80 | CCN: 32577

Imogen Hart

Mon. | Wed. | Fri. | 10:00 - 11:00am

This course introduces students to modern western art from the 1860s to the 1960s. It aims to demystify the “isms” of modern art—including Cubism, Expressionism, Fauvism, Futurism, Impressionism, Minimalism, Modernism, Post-Impressionism, Realism, and Surrealism—as well as labels such as Art...

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Introduction to Western Art Course Number: HA 10 | CCN: 31030

Lisa Pieraccini

Tuesday | Thursday: 3:30 - 5:00pm

This course is an examination of Western Art from the Prehistoric to the Medieval Periods. It will introduce you to looking at and interpreting art in different ways, exploring the relationship of various visual art forms and the cultural context...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Visions of Empire, Voices of Resistance: Rome and Iberia Through Image, Text and Myth Course Number: R1B Section 8 | CCN: 32744

Keith Budner

Tuesday | Thursday: 8:00 - 9:30am

The relationship between art and power is no secret. Go to any museum and you’re likely to see a host of artworks that depict a political leader – a king, a prince, an emperor, a president. But if art can...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Greek Athletics in Ancient Art Course Number: R1B Section 7 | CCN: 04871

Erin Babnik

This course is intended to allow students with an interest in art history to develop the basic writing, reading, research, and analysis skills that are necessary for formulating or engaging with substantive ideas about visual media. As a means to...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: The Aesthetic Language of Renaissance Art Course Number: R1B Section 8 | CCN: 24874

Matt Culler

Tuesday | Thursday: 12:30 - 2:00pm

Where do the words we use to talk about art come from? Many of our modern aesthetic ideas and sensibilities find their birthing ground in the language utilized to write and talk about art during the Renaissance or the Early...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: The​ ​Dot​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Line​ ​in​ ​East​ ​Asia Course Number: R1B Section 7 | CCN: 24873

Jon Soriano

Tuesday | Thursday: 11:00 - 12:30pm

Throughout​ ​centuries​ ​of​ ​dynastic​ ​change​ ​in​ ​East​ ​Asia,​ ​mastery​ ​over​ ​ink​ ​and​ ​brush could​ ​reliably​ ​be​ ​used​ ​to​ ​advance​ ​one’s​ ​position​ ​in​ ​society.​ ​ ​Specific​ ​ethical,​ ​educational, and​ ​aesthetic​ ​attainments​ ​could​ ​be​ ​read​ ​through​ ​an​ ​individual’s​ ​abilities​ ​in​ ​calligraphy and​...

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Freshman Seminar: Thinking about the strangeness of photography Course Number: HA 24 | CCN: 32785

Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby

Tuesday, 1:00-3:00pm

Class will meet on Tuesdays from January 21 to March 3, 2020. This seminar will introduce students to the complexity of photography as a medium and its history. We will read some of the classic texts on photography from the 19th...

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Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Visions of Empire, Voices of Resistance: Rome and Iberia Through Image, Text and Myth Course Number: R1B Section 6 | CCN: 24872

Keith Budner

Tuesday | Thursday: 9:30 - 11:00am

The relationship between art and power is no secret. Go to any museum and you’re likely to see a host of artworks that depict a political leader – a king, a prince, an emperor, a president. But if...

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