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Dr. Philip I. Eliasoph

Professor of Visual & Performing Arts
o: Canisius Hall Rm 210
p: x2590
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B.A., Adelphi University
M.A., Ph.D., State University of New York at Binghamton

Current Research Interests

I am fascinated by the dynamics between perceptual recognition of the visual world and the process of translating and transforming those "symbols" into ideas, spiritual beliefs, commercial brands, and political movements. Much "good" and endless forms of "evil" have been branded, painted, sculpted, or shaped by an endless stream of tyrants, intolerant religious leaders, brutal dictators, and some noble leaders -- via the overwhelming influences of the visual arts. The History of Art has proven to be a powerful medium in human evolution. Learning to master these tools we strive to retain our "humanity" while being open to new ideas and new forms of visual communication. The excitement of the classroom is working with students to "open their eyes" to truly learn to "see" in new and innovative ways -- and to free themselves from the weight of propaganda and unrelenting commercialization which pollutes our visual environment. A Vermeer, Bernini, or Edward Hopper artwork teach and enrich our human consciousness.

Courses Taught

  1. AH 10: Origins & Transf Western Art
  2. AH 11: Visual Culture Since 1400
  3. AH 109: Jewish Art:Moses to Modernity
  4. AH 130: Renaissance Art in Italy
  5. AH 164: Amer Art:Civil War-Civil Right
  6. AH 191: Art&Nazi,Bolsheviks,Fascists
  7. AH 195: Introduction to Museum Studies
  8. AH 310: Internship
  9. AH 330: Senior Capstone Seminar
  10. AS 404: Capstone Project
  11. ASAH 441: Fine Arts vs Anti-Art
  12. ASAH 444: AmerMasterArtists& their Times
  13. HR 202: Honors Seminar