Yale Set to Axe Art History Course for Focus on White Male Artists
Yale University is set to axe a storied Introduction to Art History course on account of the classes’ focus on ‘white male’ artists.
“Introduction to Art History: Renaissance to the Present” has been a common prerequisite class for students of all majors studying at Yale. The course recently became a target of criticism from within the Yale student body for its alleged unfair focus on European art since the Renaissance.
Marisa Bass, Yale’s director of undergraduate studies, released a politically correct and sanitized statement on the cancellation of the class, confirming that the academic established caved to a mob of aggrieved students who oppose the traditions of western civilization.
“Yale’s History of Art department is deeply committed to representing the intellectual diversity of its students and its faculty, and we believe that introductory surveys are an essential opportunity to continue to challenge, rethink and rewrite the narratives surrounding the history of engagement with art, architecture, images and objects across time and place. These surveys and those that we will continue to develop in the future are designed in recognition of an essential truth: that there has never been just one story of the history of art.”
The final run of the course in the spring semester will supposedly seek to question the very premise of art in the western tradition and will question its relevance, an ignoble end to a course being axed in a purge of Western Christian traditions from a major American institution.
Certainly, civilizations from across the world have produced expressions of art that have significant cultural value. But the study of western art shouldn’t be controversial at one of the United States’ major universities.
Left-wing legacy institutions like Yale continue to separate themselves from their own academic traditions.