Spring 2017 (un)common arts

Please use the UF Schedule of Courses to find times, places, and other course information.

These courses are discussion oriented, seminar courses centered on a performance or exhibit.  All of these courses are one credit.

(un)common arts courses

IDH 3931 Asian Art and Food 09E7 Peyton, Allysia Browne Asian Art and Food 
IDH 3931 Hymns and Heros 09FH Mazur, Josh  
IDH 3931 Isn't it Romantic? 01FA Pickeral, Charles Isn't It Romantic 
IDH 3931 Music Listening: Beethoven, Brahms, & Debussy  117D Alexander, Cory Music Listening 
IDH 3931 Light and Shadow: Exploring the Consciousness of Florida Art 143G Libby, Gary Light and Shadow 
IDH 3931 The Empty Space 14BA Pufahl, Jeff Empty Space 
IDH 3931 The Accidental Hero 1515 Law, Mark
Colburn, David
Accidental Hero 

Asian Art & Food: Culinary History through Material Culture

Culinary History and Art History are often separated as disciplines, although the cross-pollination of the two is becoming more and more common. Students who are hungry for more will enjoy learning about the origins and trajectories of pan-Asian culinary techniques through museum objects.  The class will focus on the inter-cultural exchanges between Asian cultures which resulted magnificently in food and drink such as curries, noodles, dumplings, rice, and tea.  As a class, we will study tea ceremony and ritual, religious and cultural food taboos, travel and exchange, recipes, colonialism, and alcoholic beverages with help from visual imagery held in museum collections - including the UF Harn Museum of Art, www.harn.ufl.edu.

We will study food traditions and material culture from Japan, Korea, China, and India. Assignments will include bi-weekly readings, 3 reflection papers, and 2 quizzes during the semester.

Hymns and Heros

This course will bring together a small group of enrolled students to experience, discuss, and be behind the scenes at a performance of “Hymns and Heros,” a concert featuring the UF Concert Choir, Gainesville Civic Chorus, UF Symphony Orchestra, and guest artist Stephen Mark Brown, an operatic tenor and veteran of major opera houses all over the world. During the course, the students and instructor will listen to and discuss recordings of large pieces of music for Choir, Orchestra, and Soloists, exploring the technique of listening and appreciating “art music.” The instructor will lead discussions to help identify stylistic qualities heard in the performances and examine how the varying vocal colors and styles are appropriate for music of different time periods.

Group In-Class Activity (Workload)/ Course Objectives: 
As a group, the Uncommon Arts participants will attend the dress rehearsal and performance of “Hymns and Heros”, listen to and discuss recordings of major ensembles, explore conventional and extended approaches to listening and appreciating art music, trace the development and history of orchestral and choral music from the baroque period to the present day, and participate in Q/A sessions with Dr. Will Kesling, world renowned conductor who will be leading the capstone performance of the semester, and Stephen Mark Brown, Tenor. The participants will demonstrate by the end of the course an understanding of standard choral/orchestral repertoire and the music’s place in the world of music as a whole.

Isn't It Romantic?

In the first portion of this one-credit course, students will be introduced to the Romantic Revolution of the 19th century, exploring this new aesthetic stance and what exactly it was rebelling against. We’ll put particular emphasis on Romanticism in Western music as we prepare to attend a performance of Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique on Feb. 27 in the Center for Performing Arts.

Following that performance, we will explore the ways that Romanticism continues to shape our world today in music, film, and pop culture. Students will be encouraged to examine and share their own aesthetics and favorite works.

Music Listening: Beethoven, Brahms, & Debussy

Royal Scottish National Orchestra
March 19, 2017, 7:30pm, Phillips Center
Debussy – Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Brahms – Violin Concerto
Beethoven – Symphony no. 5

The premise of the course is that genuine appreciation of art music requires a thorough understanding of the specific work to which one listens. Many people are unaccustomed to listening to large-scale classical works and have not learned how to break such works down into recognizable sections. In this course, students will learn how to listen to three contrasting works, and develop tools to prepare themselves for similar experiences in the future. In-depth study, discussion, and analysis of three works, which they will hear in concert at the Phillips Center, will provide the opportunity for students to cover the works in detail.

Presentations at the end of the term will involve students choosing a major classical work (not one of the three covered in class) and applying skills they have learned to provide, in essence, a “pre-concert lecture” on the chosen work. The 30-50 minute presentations will seek to describe the work’s important and noteworthy aspects, including information about the composer, the genesis of the work, any applicable outside influences, structural analysis of the work itself, etc. Students will be graded on their preparation and participation in class, attendance of the concert, and the success of the presentation.

Solomon, Maynard. Beethoven (Revised Edition). Schirmer Trade Books. 2001.
Swafford, Jan. Johannes Brahms: A Biography. Vintage. 1999.
Other readings and handouts as assigned (journal articles, etc.)

Light and Shadow: Exploring the Consciousness of Florida Art

Florida Art (visual art produced in and about Florida) reflects the variety and the dynamism of the Florida landscape, the unique mix of Florida’s peoples and their distinct cultures. The study of this art is an emerging field known as the Florida School of Art. The Brown Museum of Art at the Museum of Arts and Sciences in nearby Daytona Beach is undeniably the largest and among the best collections of Florida Art in the world. This resource will help direct the focus of this course.

Students in this course will explore various topics reflected in Florida Art, ranging from, for example, the unique role of women in the art of Florida, the lives of various ethnic and racial groups in Florida, the changing landscapes of Florida over time, and the various influences of painting styles and techniques reflected in Florida Art and how art expresses Florida’s place in the development of American culture.

Class participants will also use collection materials from the Brown Museum (and some specific objects in the collection of the Harn Museum) to create presentations and papers that will share areas of significance in this new and underexplored field in art history and culture

The course will be taught by award-winning author, Gary R. Libby, Director Emeritus of the Museum of Arts and Sciences and the world’s foremost authority on the Florida School of Art.


The Empty Space

In his 1968 book, The Empty Space, Peter Brook shares a timeless analysis and understanding of the art of the theatre. Passionate, unconventional, and deeply fascinating, The Empty Space shows us how theatre defies rules, builds and shatters illusions, and creates lasting memories for its audiences. Two years later, in 1970, Brook’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream shocked the theatre world and arguably installed Brook as the most influential stage director of the twentieth century. By examining important developments in theatre from the last century, including productions by Brook and Stanislavsky, the rise of Method Acting, Brecht’s revolutionary alienation technique, and the free-form happenings of the 1960s, this course will develop the lens through which students’ can critically view, classify, and understand theatre.

We are going to try and arrrange to take the class to Hamlet at the Hippodrome.

The Accidental Hero

The Accidental Hero" is coming to the Center for Performing Arts on Feb 17. The Accidental Hero is a multi-media one-man show about a WWII American officer who miraculously liberates the Czech villages of his grandparents.  It's a true story, written and performed by his grandson.

Patrick Dewane's grandfather refused to talk about his service in the war. Yet when he died, his basement yielded a treasure trove of typewritten accounts, photos and rare film footage. Dewane brings this archival material to glowing life as an enthralling, humorous and heartwarming tale of miraculous escapes and astonishing coincidences. This touching show runs from belly laughs to tears. Dewane takes on a dozen different roles as he powerfully recounts his grandfather's journey from Omaha Beach, the Battle of the Bulge, and the end of WWII. In the last week of the war, Konop's story turns away from a soldier's survival tale to something from mythology.  He discovers his lost identity, embraced by the tribe he never knew. Like Luke Skywalker, Konop thought he was just fighting the Evil Empire, in this case the Nazis. But unlike Skywalker, this story is true. His was an epic homecoming. As he freed the Czechs, they liberated him.  

Students will also read and discuss "Band of Brothers", Stephen E. Ambrose’s iconic story of the ordinary men who became the World War II’s most extraordinary soldiers: Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, US Army. They came together, citizen soldiers, in the summer of 1942, drawn to Airborne by the $50 monthly bonus and a desire to be better than the other guy. And at its peak—in Holland and the Ardennes—Easy Company was as good a rifle company as any in the world.