Jennifer Roberts, Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Professor of the Humanities in the Department of History of Art and Architecture
If the artisanal and technical skills behind artmaking are forms of knowledge, how can (or should) that knowledge be integrated into the analytical methods of art history and of the humanities more broadly? This is the question that animates Jennifer Roberts' recent work as a scholar and as a teacher. At this faculty lunch, Professor Roberts will share examples of the assignments and activities she has developed in "Minding Making" and "The Art of Looking," activities that encourage students to engage in hands-on making projects, from woodcutting to film editing to etching. Through these acts of making, students become more nuanced interpreters of artworks, but also more engaged, critical, and socially conscious in their relations to the built world that surrounds them.