For a variety of reasons, art has remained controversial over the centuries. In these class sessions we will explore some of the more controversial issues, such as: Does art require craftsmanship, beauty, or fine materials? Is it the artist's mind or his/her hand that is crucial? What about art created with help from assistants or optical devices? Is Impressionism a "mess of palette scrapings" as one critic has claimed? Is modern art something your child could have produced? Where is the line between art and pornography, art and sacrilege, art and vandalism, art and propaganda? Who chooses the canon? Should governments fund art? Should public art require public approval? Who should keep the art that was plundered long ago? Join us in this course for a lively discussion of these and many more probing questions about art.