University of Michigan
Visualizing Women's Work: Using Art Media for Social Justice
University of Michigan

Visualizing Women's Work: Using Art Media for Social Justice

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Melanie Manos

Instructor: Melanie Manos


(55 reviews)

Beginner level
No prior experience required
15 hours to complete
3 weeks at 5 hours a week
Flexible schedule
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What you'll learn

  • How to describe the role of gender bias in historical public art and design and how it perpetuates cultural norms of gender inequity, such as "work"

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2 quizzes

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There are 4 modules in this course

This week introduces you to the foundational skills for interpreting visual art. You’ll learn terms and concepts utilized to identify, describe, and classify art. In the process, you’ll gain vocabulary for discussing art disciplines and media, and learn how artists' motivations are key to understanding works of art - a great primer for unpacking the complexities of social justice art.

What's included

6 videos6 readings2 quizzes3 app items4 discussion prompts

This week you’ll view art projects that aim to increase the visibility of social justice issues and raise public consciousness, each in a remarkably distinct way. You’ll read about the role of research in art making, view some stretchy materials-based research - and be invited to try some material explorations right where you are! Lastly, you’ll utilize your new art vocabulary to analyze publicly displayed visual markers and monuments that march us into week 3.

What's included

6 videos7 readings2 app items5 discussion prompts

This week you’ll see artists utilizing visuals, actions and interventions to raise awareness of socially and structurally normalized gender bias, including a highly strategic, non-violent guerrilla offensive! You'll also return to historic monuments in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., to evaluate the value systems that these elevated cultural representatives convey, including a tacit but monumental perpetuation of gender bias and see a great hypocrisy unfolding between a Japanese artist arrested for distributing vagina figurines, while huge phallus sculptures are paraded annually at a traditional - and popular - public festival!

What's included

4 videos6 readings5 discussion prompts

What's included

5 videos8 readings1 app item5 discussion prompts


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4.8 (9 ratings)
Melanie Manos
University of Michigan
1 Course1,831 learners

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