Yale to scrap storied art history class, calls focus on white, straight, male artists "problematic"

by Daniel Payne · Jan 24th, 2020 2:49 pm

Last Updated Jan 24th, 2020 at 7:50 pm

Yale University is abandoning a long-standing introductory course in art history, with the course's final instructor claiming that the class'a traditional focus on European art is "problematic."

The class, "Introduction to Art History: Renaissance to the Present," was long-held to be an essential part of the Yale curriculum. The scrapping of the course, according to The Yale Daily News, is due to student "uneasiness" over the "overwhelmingly white, straight, European, and male cadre of artists" upon which the course has traditionally focused.

During the final semester in which the class will be offered, students will be tasked with comparing Western art to other art traditions. Artistic critiques related to gender, race, and capitalism will also be presented, as well as art's relationship to climate change.


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