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ARTH 241 - Art of the Caribbean

Credits: (3)
College Curriculum: COLL 350
The Caribbean is often perceived as ‘paradise;’ a place where the sun always shines and beautiful beaches welcome weary travelers.  Jamaican photographer Peter Dean’s work sometimes confronts the viewer with images that make them reconsider this notion of paradise.  Take for example his 2005 photograph ‘Escaping Pineapple’; the sea carries the beautiful ripe pineapple away, soft water splashing around it, an endless grey-blue sky on the horizon.  In an instant the viewer connects to this ‘paradise’ of water, sun, and tropical fruit; but then is struck with a question: Why does the pineapple want to escape?  
Likewise, this course will challenge students to re-evaluate what they know about the Caribbean and Caribbean art.  The Caribbean is comprised of more than twenty countries, each with its own unique history and identity.  Yet the countries share a cultural unity in their mixture of American, African, European, and Asian origins.