Artists through the ages have worked in the media of their day while seeking to expand the parameters of the possible, whether in the traditional media of painting, sculpture, or architecture, or the newer media of photography, performance, video, and more — though from very different perspectives of time and place We will focus on many of these media in turn, in each case examining selected examples of traditional and newer work by artists of different periods and cultures. Our aim will be to better understand their art as well as develop a context for understanding the art of our own day. In doing so, we will examine how art pays homage to its traditional roots, how it incorporates widely varying media and techniques, and how art today reflects the multicultural, globalized, technologically-oriented society in which we now live. The only prerequisite for this adventure through the world of art is an open mind. We will look, learn, reflect, discuss. We may also schedule occasional visits to local museums. Our goal will be to develop a greater understanding of the nature and purposes of art through the ages, and thus enhance our enjoyment of the art of our own time.