Fall 2014 Courses

Undergraduate Courses

Graduate Courses

Undergraduate Courses

ARTH200 Art and Society in Ancient and Medieval Europe to the Mediterranean (Professor Gensheimer)
TuTh 11-11:50 + section (ASY 2203)
Examines the material culture and visual expressions of Mediterranean and European societies from early times until ca. 1300 CE, emphasizing the political, social, and religious context of the works studied, the relationships of the works to the societies that created them, and the interrelationship of these societies.

ARTH201 Art and Society in the West from the Renaissance to the Present (Professor Hargrove)
MW 9-9:50 + section (ASY 2203)
Examines representative European and American works of art from the later Middle Ages to the present, highlighting the dynamic exchange between artistic and cultural traditions both within periods and across time.

ARTH255 Art and Society in the Modern American World (Professor McEwen)
MW 10-10:50 + section (ASY 2203)
Explores the origin and evolution of art in the modern American world, from the late colonial era to the present, comparing major artistic movements and their historical contexts. Considers the diversity of art across Lation America and the United States, and the ways in which artworks mediate social, ethnic, political, and national identities.

ARTH290 Art and Society in Asia (Professor Suzuki)
MW 11-11:50 + section (ASY 2203)
A comparative, interrelational study of the different cisual arts and material cultures produced by societies in Asia. An examination of the historical traditions and forms in political, social and religious contexts.

ARTH320 Fourteenth and Fifteenth-Century Northern European Art (Professor Martinez)
TuTh 9:30-10:45 (ASY 3215)
The art of northern Europe with an emphasis on painting in the Netherlands and France.

ARTH330 Seventeenth-Century European Art (Professor Georgievska-Shine)
TuTh 11-12:15 (ASY 3211)
Painting, sculpture and architecture concentrating on Italy, Spain, France, and England.

ARTH335 Seventeenth-Century Art in the Netherlands (Professor Wheelock)
M 3-5:30 (ASY 3211)
Painting, sculpture and architecture in seventeenth-century Netherlands

ARTH351 Art Since 1945 (Professor Metcalf)
TuTh 3:30-4:45 (ASY 3211)
Prerequisite: ARTH201 or ARTH350.
Visual art since 1945, with an emphasis on North America and Europe.

ARTH359E Film as Art; Film as Dream (Professor Metcalf)
W 3-6 (HBK 0302H)
Film is consumed like dream. Some films attempt to recreate the narrative language of dream. Some films depict dream. From Surrealism to the "Dream Factory" of Hollywood, dream has provided a metaphor, a model and a critical approach to understanding film. In a roughly historical overview of oneiric approaches to film from aesthetic, psychological and philosophical theories will be applied to understanding the structures of films, and the power of successful films.While they may overlap, the different approaches will lead to different results.

ARTH360 History of American Art to 1876 (Professor Ater)
TuTh 9:30-10:45 (ASY 3211)
Painting, sculpture, architecture, and the decorative arts in North America from the colonial period to 1876.

ARTH370 Latin American Art and Archaeology before 1500 (Professor Bland)
W 2-4:30 (ASY 3215)
Pre-Hispanic painting, sculpture, and architecture, with a focus on the major archaeological monuments of Mexico.

ARTH386 Experiential Learning
Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-Art History & Archaeology department.
Junior standing or higher.

ARTH389A Special Topics in Art History and Archaeology: Classical Mythology in Renaissance and Baroque Art (Professor Georgievska-Shine)
TuTh 12:30-1:45 (ASY 3211)

ARTH484 Modern Chinese Film and Visual Culture (Professor Kuo)
TuTh 11-12:15 (HBK 0302J)
Modern Chinese culture, society, and history studied through examples of art, film, and visual culture.

ARTH488A Colloquium in Art History; Tools for Life and Afterlife: Religious Images and Objects in Northern Europe 1400-1500 (Professor Martinez)
TuTh 12:30-1:45 (ASY 3217)
In the late Middle Ages people did not just look at religious art and objects, they also interacted with them emotionally and even physically.  We will survey a variety of objects that people touched, carried, kissed, dressed and even wore in their efforts to attain salvation and to improve their earthly situations.

ARTH488B Colloquium in Art History; Twentieth-Century Japanese Art: Colonialism, War and Occupation (Professor Volk)
TuTh 2-3:15 (ASY 3217)
This class focuses on art in relation to society and social issues, especially the geopolitical impact of nation and empire building, World War II, the Cold War, and Japan's relationship to the rest of the world.

ARTH488C Colloquium in Art History: Contemporary Chinese and Chinese-American Cinema on Women (Professor Kuo)
Tu 12:30-1:45 (HBK 0302J)
Through a transnational study of major filmmakers from mainland China to Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Chinese diaspora, the course is intended to consider  issues of female cinematic authorship, gender and sexuality in cinematic representation, power and knowledge,  negotiations of local and global cultural politics.

ARTH498 (PermReq) Directed Studies in Art History I. Individual Instruction Course

ARTH499 (PermReq) Honors Thesis. Individual Instruction Course

Graduate Courses

ARTH 658A: Studies in American Art; The Harlem Renaissance and Modernism
Professor Renee Ater
Tuesday 12:00-2:40 p.m.
ASY 4304
The Harlem Renaissance and Modernism is organized as an interdisciplinary course, evaluating the art (painting, sculpture, photography), literature/poetry, and classic women blues of the period through the lens of modernism. This graduate colloquium takes as its basis the ways in which the men and women of the period sought to consciously transform the very nature of black identity in the early twentieth century. Schedules permitting, we will take a trip to New York City and visit some of the historic sites of Harlem. Readings include, but are not limited to: Alain Locke, The New Negro (1925); David Levering Lewis, When Harlem Was in Vogue; Houston A. Baker Jr., Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance; Kwame Anthony Appiah, Lines of Descent: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Emergence of Identity; Cherene Sherrard-Johnson, Portraits of the New Negro Woman: Visual and Literary Culture in the Harlem Renaissance; Angela Davis, Blues Legacies and Black Feminism; and Davarian L. Brown, ed., Escape from New York: The New Negro Renaissance Beyond Harlem.

ARTH 668A: Studies in Latin American Art and Archaeology; Aesthetics of Exile: Borderlands, Disapora, Migration
Professor Abigail McEwen
Wednesday 3:00-5:40 p.m.
ASY 4304
This seminar considers a range of theoretical interventions into migration and diaspora formations and their implications within the field of twentieth-century Latin/o American art history.  Conditions of exile and displacement shaped the transnational movement of artists across the Americas and beyond, and we will examine questions of national and cultural identity (and difference), gender and sexuality, ethnicity, and post/modernity.  Emphasis falls on the modern Americas, but students may pursue research topics in their own areas of interest, in consultation with the professor.  Writers to be studied include Jeremy Adelman, Benedict Anderson, Gloria Anzaldúa, Homi Bhabha, Gilbert Joseph, Julia Kristeva, Kobena Mercer, Walter Mignolo, Mary Louise Pratt, and Edward Said.

ARTH 679A: Studies in Japanese Art; Japanese Buddhist Sculpture (7th-13th century CE)
Professor Yui Suzuki
Monday 3:00-5:40 p.m.
ASY 4304
Buddhism was introduced to Japan in the mid-sixth century from the continent via the Korean peninsula. By the second half of the seventh century, many distinctive types of Buddhist deities rose to special prominence as objects of devotional cultic worship, promising devotees both spiritual and this-worldly benefits. With its highly philosophical texts, complex rituals and images, this foreign religion was assimilated into a culture that previously did not have a practice of anthropomorphizing their invisible gods and spirits. Buddhism’s complex iconic tradition had a momentous impact on all aspects of Japanese visual and material culture, including the production of Buddhist sculpture.

This course introduces the long and rich history of Buddhist sculpture in Japan by closely examining major Buddhist statues of National Treasure and Important Cultural Property status. In the beginning of the course, we will examine the works using the lens of methodologies (i.e. style and iconography) that have pervaded traditional scholarship.  As the course progresses, we will analyze the works using more recent methodological frameworks and themes, including the East Asian notion of the Buddhist “icon”, sacred space, the relationships between icons and deities, and the role of icons in ritual.

ARTH 692: Methods of Art History
Professor Joshua Shannon
Thursday 12:00-2:40 p.m.
ASY 4304
This graduate colloquium, for new students in the department, provides a comparative introduction to the intellectual topics and strains now dominating the discipline of art history.  Each week we will read an important book published in the last thirty years, each one exemplifying a currently pressing topic or problem.  In our treatment of the books, we will be concerned above all with method: what is most important to each author and why?, how does each author use evidence, and what role do works of art play in the account? what scholarship has been influential to each author; what items appear in the footnotes and why?  In short, we will consider the various aims of today’s prominent art historians and the means they use to achieve those aims.  Discussion of each week’s book will be accompanied by one or two presentations on the history and state of a relevant method or topic.

ARTH 708A: Seminar in Ancient Art & Archaeology; Lost Cities on the Bay of Naples, Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae
Professor Maryl Gensheimer
Tuesday 3:00-5:40 p.m.
ASY 4304
The eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE resulted in the complete burial of Roman cities along the Bay of Naples, such as Pompeii and Herculaneum, as well as the destruction of elite retreats for leisure, such as the villas at Oplontis and Stabiae.  This course will rediscover the lost cities and ancient monuments on the Bay of Naples: the temples, theaters, baths, streets, and many houses - humble and grandiose - to understand the infrastructure and daily life of these ancient cities and spaces.  Surveys of area archaeological sites will help to contextualize these monuments within their regional and cultural landscape.  Material and information will also be drawn from UMD's ongoing excavations at Stabiae.

ARTH 749A: Seminar in Nineteenth-Century European Art; Global Hybridity in Nineteenth-Century Paris
Professor Hargrove
Monday 12:00-2:40 p.m.
ASY 4304
This class will explore the dynamic cultural exchanges that intersected in Paris as the world was transformed by travel and technology. While the first inkling of this can be found in the variety of art and artifacts that came to Paris from other parts of the world, artists from around the globe soon followed, pouring into France to learn from and experience the Art Capital of the World. At the same time French artists left the metropole to explore the cultural differences they would encounter in other places. We will examine trends, objects, and individual experiences from Vivant Denon to Matisse.