This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.
Many art museum and gallery visitors feel that the visual art of the last 150 years is more difficult to understand than the art of earlier periods. By studying the works of Manet, Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso and more recent artists, this course will provide guidelines for appreciating the connections of modern art to contemporary cultural changes as well as exploring the debt modern artists owe to earlier periods of artistic expression. The idea that a museum or gallery visitor must have an extensive knowledge of art is erroneous. Modern art can be approached as we often do with instrumental music-as a vivid experience which evokes emotion without direct representation of the physical world.
Participants will have opportunities to observe/discuss their own perceptions of art works. Observing original works of art offers a refreshing contrast to the constant blur of mass produced imagery we are bombarded with every day.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
Joe Osmann, M.F.A., is a retired college profession and artist who has studied and taught art history for forty years. He enjoys researching the hidden connections and concepts that drive cultural change and artistic expression.