Spring 2014 Courses

Undergraduate Courses

Graduate Courses

Undergraduate Courses

ARTH200 Art and Society in Ancient and Medieval Europe to the Mediterranean (Professor Martinez)
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 Nalezyty)
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.

ARTH221 Color: Art, Science, and Culture (Professor Ater)
TuTh 9:30-10:20 + section (ASY 2203)
An interdisciplinary exploration of the intersections of art, science, and culture. Using research on human vision, neurobiology, and cognitive psychology, examines how vision works, why we see color, and how we respond to color. Investigates the cultural significance of color: how artists across time and cultures have had access to and used color; how cultures have created specific language to describe color; and how cultures have imbued color with profane, sacred and/or symbolic meanings.

ARTH275 Art and Society in Africa (Professor Hill)
MW 11-11:50 + section (ASY 2203)
A comparative study of art and material culture from various regions of the African continent. Looking across ethnic and national boundaries, considers the many relevant political, social, and religious contexts.

ARTH290 Art and Society in Asia (Professor Kuo)
MW 10-10:50 + 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.

ARTH303 Roman Art and Archaeology (Professor Gensheimer)
TuTh 12:30-1:45 (ASY 3215)
At the height of its power, the Roman Empire stretched from Britain to Morocco and from Spain to Syria.  Rome itself, initially a small and unimportant town, grew into a major metropolis that not only ruled its vast empire but set the pattern for a sophisticated urban style of living for over one thousand years.  This class will explore the art and architectural remains of ancient Rome, both within the city and throughout the breadth of its Empire.  Grandiose Roman architecture – temples, fora, triumphal arches, theaters, and baths, among other examples – along with the quotidian building blocks of the Empire – bridges, aqueducts, and roads – will be evaluated.  Emphasis is placed on studying Roman art and architecture within historical, political, social, and religious contexts and changes.  Questions of patronage (imperial, elite, middle and lower classes) and function (public, domestic, and funerary) will also be considered.

ARTH314 Gothic Art (Professor Sails)
TuTh 9:30-10:45 (ASY 3211)
Painting, sculpture and architecture in Western Europe, ca. 1150-1400.

ARTH320 Fourteenth and Fifteenth-Century Northern European Art (Professor Martinez)
TuTh 2-3:15 (ASY 3215)
The art of northern Europe with an emphasis on painting in the Netherlands and France.

ARTH324 Sixteenth-Century Italian Renaissance Art (Professor Gill)
TuTh 2-3:15 (ASY 3211)
Painting, sculpture, architecture, and the decorative arts of the sixteenth century in Italy.

ARTH345 Nineteenth-Century European Art to 1850 (Professor Hargrove)
TuTh 11-12:15 (ASY 3215)
Major trends from Neo-Classicism to Rmoanticism through an interdisciplinary perspective with an emphasis on historical context.

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.

ARTH357 History of Photography (Professor Grossman)
MW 3:30-4:45 (ASY 3215)
Credit only granted for ARTH357 or ARTH457
An exploration of the historical, social, aesthetic, and technological developments of the photographic medium and its relationship to other modes of visual representation in the creation of the modern world.

ARTH359G Film as Art; Ingmar Bergman and the European Art Film (Professor Metcalf)
Wed: 3-6:30 (Hornbake Non-Print Room J)
The focus of this class is Ingmar Bergman’s films of the late 1950s and early 1960s as a reflection of European Art film of the era that influenced American filmmaking in the 1970s,  Primarily we will focus on Bergman’s films in the context of Existential and Modernist ideas of their time, the way that he works with and against his context and influences. In papers, students will explore issues of Bergman’s films, the philosophical or artistic ideas that shaped European art film, or their influence on American film.

ARTH360 History of American Art to 1876 (Professor Hellstein)
TuTh 12:30-1:45 (ASY 3211)
Painting, sculpture, architecture, and the decorative arts in North America from the colonial period to 1876.

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

ARTH389C Special Topics in Art History and Archaeology: 1956: The Cold War in Global Perspective (Professor Hellstein)
TuTh 3:30-4:45 (ASY 3215)
While globalization is a primary concern in our contemporary society, we must remember that the world has always been global.  This course aims to explore historical roots for our present-day focus on issues of globalization.  The year 1956 will serve as an organizing frame for our exploration of how different cities and cultures around the world experienced not only shared ideas of art but also how they negotiated the tensions of the Cold War.  We will consider Jackson Pollock’s death, the first pop art exhibition in London, the designing of Brasilia, the publication of Allen Ginsburg’s poem “Howl,” and Tanaka Atsuko’s debut of her Electric Dress in Tokyo, among other seminal art world events in order to understand how global ideas and events shape local cultures. 

ARTH389D Special Topics in Art History and Archaeology: Art and Architecture of Early Modern Venice (Professor Nalezyty)
TuTh 11-12:15 (ASY 3211)
This course surveys visual arts and architecture emerging in the late fourteenth century to the late sixteenth century. It will explore the history of art not only in Venice, but also the Venetian Republic’s other possessions: the domini di Terraferma, such as Padua, and its Stato da Mar, such as Crete. Rather than presuming a "Venetian" style defined in contrast to other centers of the Italian Renaissance, we will aim to understand regional and individual tendencies on their own terms. The course will present the canonical works of Venetian Renaissance painting, sculpture, and architecture, but it also aims to expand the scope of relevant items for art historical inquiry, covering material culture, manuscripts, and early printed books. The works themselves within a historic context will be the focus, including their means of production, the places for which these images were intended, the concerns of patrons and art collectors, and the expectations and responses of the works’ first viewers.

ARTH466 Feminist Perspectives on Women in Art (Professor Gohari)
TuTh 9:30-10:45 (ASY 3215)
Principal focus on European and American women artists of the 19th and 20th centuries, in the context of the new scholarship on women.

ARTH488A Colloquium in Art History: Gladiators and Caesars. The Archaeology of Roman Spectacle (Professor Gensheimer)
TuTh 9:30-10:45 (ASY 3217)
Roman buildings intended for mass entertainment – the amphitheater, bath, circus, stadium, theater, and so forth – constitute a distinct class of public architecture found ubiquitously across the ancient Roman Empire.  This course will explore these and related monuments to understand how and why spectacle entertainments were fundamental to Roman daily life.  Each “type” of entertainment will be studied in turn.  We will consider first the art, architectural, and archaeological evidence, and then reconstruct the manner in which these buildings were used with the help of various literary sources in English translation.

ARTH488B Colloquium in Art History: Impressionism: Art of Modernity (Professor Hargrove)
TuTh 2-3:15 (ASY 3217)

ARTH488C Colloquium in Art History: The Baroque Persona: Painting and Artistic Biography in 17th-Century Spain (Professor Colantuono)
Tu 12-2:30 (ASY 4304)

ARTH489K Special Topics in Art History: Art and the Museum World (Professor Georgievska-Shine)
F 2-4:30 (ASY 3211)

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

ARTH499 (PermReq) Honors Thesis. Individual Instruction Course

Graduate Courses

ARTH 739: Seminar in Seventeenth-Century Northern European Art; The International Character of the Utrecht School
Professor Arthur Wheelock
Monday 3:00-5:40 p.m.
ASY 4304
This seminar will explore the distinctive character of art produced in the early seventeenth-century in Utrecht, which differs enormously from that of other Dutch artistic centers.  What was it about the city and its political and cultural traditions that induced so many of its artists, including Abraham Bloemaert, Joachim Wtewael, Cornelis van Poelenburch, Jan Both, Hendrick Terbrugghen, and Gerrit van Honthorst, to respond so enthusiastically to art they experienced on their travels to France and/or Italy?

This seminar will focus a great deal of attention on the Utrecht Caravaggisti and the varied character of International Caravaggism.  It will also examine carefully the fascinating life and artistic character of Joachim Wtewael in anticipation of a major exhibition on that great Mannerist artist scheduled to be shown at the National Gallery of Art in 2015.  Most of the classes will be held at the National Gallery of Art.

ARTH 759: Seminar in Twentieth-Century Art: Modern Art Avant-Gardes in "Eastern Europe"
Professor Steven Mansbach
Thursday 12:00-2:40 pm
ASY 4304
From the turn of the twentieth century onward, the character and objectives of modern art and aesthetics were being creatively redrawn or imaginatively invented in the vast territories extending from the Baltic north to the Adriatic south.  Far from the centers of Paris and Berlin, painters, sculptors, architects, and designers were redefining the nature of modern visual expression and its social meanings.   From roughly the 1890s through the 1930s, and sometimes well beyond (even if differently from the “classical phase” of modernism), leading artistic figures in these eastern regions were forging a new aesthetics, preparing for new societies, and ultimately educating a new citizenry.   This spring’s seminar will investigate a number of these “reformative” enterprises, while endeavoring to assess the utility of various methods or approaches conventionally practiced.

ARTH 769: Seminar in African Art: Africa's Modernisms
Professor Shannen Hill
Wednesday 3:00-5:40 pm
ASY 4304
This course maps modern movements in four regions of Africa as they changed from colonial rule to independent nation states. We address varied forms of colonial occupation and their affects on art making in countries we now call South Africa, Nigeria, Senegal, Mali, Sudan, Egypt and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Modernist endeavors were wholly tied to colonial histories and hybridity manifest in both urban and rural contexts. We consider art made in Africa between early 1885, when the Berlin Conference carved the continent into colonies, and about 1980, by which time artists had either fully transformed modernist aesthetics to suit their own vision, or embraced new direction entirely. Over the course of the term we will consider how artists negotiated the changes that attended foreign occupation, the introduction of new methods and means by which to practice, patronage in markets that expected a register of “difference” in this realm, and the forging of new identities (national, transnational) that made sense of modernism to suit local visions of history.

ARTH 789A: Special Topics in Art History: Global and Transnational Perspectives: Art and Artists in the Chinese Diaspora
Professor Jason Kuo
Monday 12:00-2:40 pm
ASY 4304
Building on the instructor’s recent book and exhibition on “The Inner Landscape: The Paintings and Films of Gao Xingjian” and in anticipation of proposed exhibition projects at the new museums (the Zhejiang Art Museum and the China Art Museum), the course is intended to explore the various concepts such as cosmopolitanism, cultural politics, diaspora, hybridity, representation, transnationalism, and visuality through a  study of the global, transnational, and diasporic features of artists in the Chinese diaspora. Artists to be studied include, but are not limited to, Gao Xingjian (Nobel Laureate in Literature, painter, and film-maker), Chang Yu (painter), and Pan Yuliang (woman painter) in France,  I. M. Pei (architect), C. C. Wang (painter),  Ang Lee (film-maker),  Gu Wenda (artist), Cai Guoqiang (artist), and Maya Lin (woman architect and artist) in the US, Wilfredo Lam (artist) in France and Cuba, Cheong Soo Pieng (painter) in Singapore, Huang Yao (painter) in Hong Kong, Thailand, and Malaysia,  Lui Shou-kwan (painter) in Hong Kong, Irene Chou (woman painter) in Hong Kong and Australia, and others.