A few years ago, when we studied Art History in the western world, we essentially looked at works of art created by white males.
The aesthetics of Greek and Roman art was repeated through the Renaissance, and into the modern world. With the 20th Century, the world began to change to a more global society, and the major art movements were forced change how we looked at art.
This file was donated to Wikimedia Commons by as part of a project by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The African image below is in the Michael Rockefeller wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
The 21 year old son of the governor of NY, and one of the richest families in America, vanished while traveling to New Guinea, to collect artifacts for the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The current research is that he was killed, and eaten by cannibals. See the article below.
The art of Africa, and Asia, Ocean cultures of the Pacific, Pre-Columbian art in Mexico and South America began to be seen as having a greater influence on art. The art of Native American cultures in our own country also has entered the conversation.
Women, and people of color began to have a profound impact on art. It is this new reality that we are going to study in this module. We will look at China, Korea, Japan, India, Native Australian, African art, etc.