In public and at home, we are constantly surrounded by images. Yet most people to do not possess a language for analyzing or interpreting them. Nevertheless, the pictures we see have an impact on what we think and how we perceive our world. The goal of this course is to inquire into the images in our midst and to examine their history, but also to allow students to comprehend how images are interpreted differently by individuals of various cultures. The world of images, including advertising, television and film, is currently an international domain of exchange and adaptation. How we understand images teaches us about ourselves, but also about our societies and our shared world.
John Zarobell is Assistant Professor of International Studies and Program Chair of European Studies at the University of San Francisco. He holds a BA in Fine Art from Hampshire College and an MA and PhD in the History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley. Before joining the faculty of USF in fall 2011, he worked for ten years as a curator at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Curating exhibitions has allowed him to engage with artists as diverse as Frida Kahlo, Edvard Munch, Edouard Manet, and Kerry James Marshall. His book, Empire of Landscape, was published in 2010. It concerns the intersection of colonial politics and landscape art in nineteenth-century France.