Van Gogh was prophetic when he declared in 1888 that the future
of art lay in the South of Europe, where the sunny climate and bright colors
would encourage boldly expressive painting. Perhaps no geographical area was
as important for the development of modern art in the late nineteenth and early
twentieth centuries as the northwest coast of the Mediterranean. Van Gogh, Gauguin,
Cezanne, Renoir, Picasso, Matisse, Miró, Gaudí, Dali, and Chagall
all spent significant periods of time on or near the Mediterranean Sea and responded
in compelling ways to the physical beauty and extraordinary light of the coastal
landscape. This interim will explore the northwest coast of the Mediterranean
as a site for the production of art in the late nineteenth and early twentieth
centuries. After a week of on-campus preparation, participants will embark on
nineteen days of travel, spending a week in Barcelona and shorter periods of
time in Arles, Aix, and Nice. Such an itinerary will allow for encounters with
the uniquely colorful and fanciful architecture of Gaudí, tours of museums
devoted to the works of Miró, Picasso, Dali, and Matisse, visits to the
studio of Cezanne and a chapel designed by Matisse, and travel by bus and hikes
on foot through the countryside that inspired a wide variety of artistic responses.
Wofford College requires that all participants in a travel project complete
several forms to be turned in to the instructors no later than November 30th
(at the mandatory meeting.) These forms are available at the Wofford
Interim Website. Since several of these forms require signatures of parents
or physicians, students are strongly encouraged to complete these forms as soon
as possible. The College will not permit students to travel unless all documents
are in order.
Mandatory Travel Insurance
All student travelers are required to purchase travel insurance from Cultural
Insurance Services International. In order to obtain this insurance, you should
submit your first, middle and last name, your birth date, your W number, your
Interim project, and a check for $36 to Dean Ana María Wiseman in Dupré
At this meeting the instructors will collect all travel forms required by
the College, make photocopies of passports, consider requests for roommate assignments,
present reading materials, assign topics for on-site presentations by students
during the travel portion of the project, collect the final payment of the course
fee, and make annoucements.
Please provide introductory information about yourself for the instructors
of the Modern Art and the Mediterranean Interim Project on this application
form. If the course is over-subscribed, the information you provide may
be used to determine who will be accepted into the course. You are therefore
encouraged to make a compelling case that indicates your level of interest and
commitment to this project.
You may submit this information to Dr. Davis by email or deliver this completed
form to Dr. Davis whose office is in the Biology Suite on the second floor of
Milliken Science Hall, room 203E no later than Tuesday, September 28th. However,
you are urged to provide this information as soon as possible.
The deposit check of $500 made out to Wofford College is to be given to Dr.
Davis or Dr. Schmunk on or before Tuesday, September 28th.
Seniors will register on Banner on October 25th and all others will register
Oct 26th -29th.