Course Description

This class features key artists who chose—and choose—to observe people who are often overlooked and move them into focus. Inspired by the recent National Portrait Gallery’s special exhibition, Hung Liu: Portraits of Promised Lands, we kick off the discussion with an open and frank look at Liu’s work from the exhibition while subsequent sessions consider the portrait paintings of the Realists Gustave Courbet, Édouard Manet, the Ashcan School, and Black figurative artists Jordan Casteel and Kehinde Wiley among others. We will approach each related era with an awareness of the life and times that the artist lived in (and through) with a growing appreciation of questioning and considering new ways of seeing and understanding.  


This course meets live, online via Zoom as follows: 4 Thursdays, Feb. 9 to Mar. 2, 2023 from 1 to 2:30PM. Registered students will receive the Zoom link prior to the start of the course.

*NOTE: Register for both Portraiture of and for the People and Tasty Tidbits to Big Bites, at the time of registration, and pay a discounted fee of $149 for both courses, which represents a more than 15 percent discount. You do not need to take Part 1 in order to take Part 2. 

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