Art Hist In-Person: Art of Coffee, Tea and Chocolate


Course Details

  • Course Code: ENRICH-0832_ACTC
  • Location: University Park
  • Mode of Study: In-person
  • Places Left: 20
  • Waitlist Places Left: 5
  • Fee: $150
Sip Sip Hooray! The Art of Coffee, Tea and Chocolate
Three In-Person Sessions
Sat. Apr. 20, 27, May 4, 2024, 1-3 pm MT

Enjoying coffee, tea and chocolate wasn’t always so easy as a quick trip to Trader Joe’s or to the neighborhood café. These treats only became available for the wealthy in 16th-century Europe, a result of globalization and colonization that brought such luxury goods from the Americas, India and Africa. As the pleasures of consumption took off, so did the visual and material culture related to these delicacies. In this three-part course, join art historian Molly Medakovich as she traverses the world examining the fine and decorative arts surrounding these substances. From their countries of origin, learn about the roots of production with a look at decorative-yet-functional objects like Maya chocolate-drinking vessels, Chinese tea bowls and Ethiopian coffee pots. Venture to Europe and America of the 1600s-1800s and delight in paintings that depict the social and sensorial pleasures of imbibing, fine porcelain wares that saw many raised pinky fingers and caricatures that lampoon these newfangled delights. Discover how artists were part of, witness to, and contributors to the culture of coffee, tea and chocolate that took the West by storm. And explore the politics of consumption operating behind the artworks, interrogating the context of European and American colonial activities and the legacy of exploitation that continues in these industries today.

Molly Medakovich is a teaching specialist for lifelong learning programs at the Denver Art Museum, an affiliate faculty member at the University of Denver and an art historian. She holds a PhD in 18th- and 19th-century European art history with a focus on women artists and gender.


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Days of the Week Start Date End Date Time Venue Instructor
Saturday 20 April 2024 04 May 2024 01:00PM - 03:00PM All Students Molly Medakovich