Spring 2018 courses

Undergraduate Courses

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Undergraduate Courses

Undergraduate Catalog

ARTH200 Art and Society in Ancient and Medieval Europe to the Mediterranean (Professor Martinez)
MW 10-10:50 + 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 Mansbach)
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.

ARTH230 Symbolic Images: the Theory and Practice of Iconography in European Art, 1400-1850 (Professor Colantuno)
TuTh 9:30-10:45 (ASY 3215)
Iconographic interpretation of visual narratives, signs and symbols has long been a topic of art-historical inquiry. In early modern European art, images were often conceived with the deliberate intent of posing a 'puzzle' for the beholder to solve; yet in most cases we have little or no evidence of how contemporary beholders solved such enigmas. Provides students with the opportunity to take command of these research methods and source materials, addressing a genuine iconographic problem, researching the relevant literature, identifying the essential primary source evidence, making contextually appropriate assumptions, and producing a valid result.

ARTH255 Art and Society in the Modern American World (Professor McEwen)
MW 11-11:50 + section (ASY 2203)
Explores the origins and evolution of art in the modern American world, from the late colonial era to the present, comparing major artisitc movements and their historical contexts. Considers the diversity of art across Latin America and the United States, and the ways in which artworks mediate social, ethnic, politica, and national identities.

ARTH301 Aegean Art and Archaeology (Professor Egan)
TuTh 2-3:15 (ASY 3215)
Sites and monuments of painting, sculpture, architecture, and the minor arts of Crete, the Cycladic islands, and the Greek mainland from the earliest times to the downfall of the Mycenaean empire.

ARTH330 Seventeenth-Century European Art (Professor Cantor)
TuTh 12:30-1:45 (ASY 3215)
Painting, sculpture and architecture concentrating on Italy, Spain, France, and England.

ARTH335 Seventeenth-Century Art in the Netherlands (Professor Georgievska-Shine)
M 2-4:30 (ASY 3211)
Painting, sculpture and architecture in seventeenth-century Netherlands

ARTH346 Nineteenth-Century European Art from 1850 (Professor Crosson)
TuTh 12:30-1:45 (ASY 3211)
Major trends from Realism to Symbolism, exploring the historical context, in which concepts of gender, class, and race are integral to the transformation of Western art.

ARTH351 Art Since 1945 (Professor Metcalf)
TuTh 2-3:15 (ASY 3211)
Visual art since 1945, with an emphasis on North America and Europe.

ARTH359 Film as Art; (Professor Metcalf)
W 3:30-7 (ASY 3211)
The study of film as a visual art, from theoretical, cultural and aesthetic perspectives. Content varies by semester.
This course explores how Hollywood entertainment films have meanings beyond their plots. Students will learn how to analyze the totality of a film and its context, how a film tells its story as they explore the way directors use film form and film conventions to create films with multiple meanings, films that undermine their overt stories, films that critique film genres and star personae, films created out of other films, films that explicate philosophical ideas, and films that change meanings depending upon the culture and expectations of the audience. Films considered will include: Get Out, Picture of Dorian Gray, The Limey, Total Recall, The Matrix, Barry Lyndon, Spirit of the Beehive, Peeping Tom, Gambit, The Matador, The Truman Show, Black Rain, Invasion of the BodySnatchers, Hateful Eight, and Baby Driver.

ARTH383 Art of Japan after 1500 (Professor Volk)
TuTh 11-12:15 (ASY 3215)
Thematically-focused topics in the painting, sculpture, architecture, gardens and decorative arts of early modern, modern and contemporary Japan, from 1500 to present.

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

ARTH389A Special Topics in Art History and Archaeology: The Art of Drawing: A Left and Right Brain Experience (Professor Bland)
W 2-4:30 (ASY 3215)
This course examines Old and Modern Master Drawings, theories of drawing and drawing practice. Lectures will discuss Dr. Betty Edward's theory of a verbal, analytical Left Brain and a visual, perceptual Right Brain. As practice, students will learn to make the mental shift from left, analytical brain to right, visual brain. Class exercises are based on Betty Edward's text, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. No prior drawing experience is necessary.


ARTH389B Special Topics in Art History and Archaeology; The Art of Color: A Left and Right Brain Experience (Professor Bland)
F 10-12:30pm (ASY 2318)
This course is about understanding color and experiencing color. The course is composed of two parts, a lecture and color practice. The lectures examine a wide range of old and modern master paintings from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century. The lectures also examine how artists use color in a variety of media to distinctively record their surroundings, express their emotions and explore the aesthetics color applications. The practice portion of this course is composed of color/painting assignments that challenge students beyond color theory. Students will complete a series of exercises based on Dr. Betty Edward's text, Color, A Course in Mastering the Art of Mixing Color. No prior drawing or painting experience is necessary. However, students should be willing to extend a concerted amount of time and effort on each studio assignment

ARTH389E Special Topics in Art History and Archaeology; Intersections between Science and Visual Culture in the Early Modern World (Professor Cantor)
TuTh 11-12:15 (ASY 3211)
This course introduces students to art and material culture from the fifteenth through eighteenth centuries in Europe and beyond. The focus will be on the expansion of scientific knowledge and the resulting philosophical and artistic responses that occurred during the age of exploration as Europeans encountered new cultures and lands. Organized both chronologically and thematically, the course will explore major artists as well as lesser-known artisans whose images were the basis for the production of knowledge. From famous paintings that feature objects collected abroad to drawings of newly discovered plant species, students will develop their visual literacy skills and gain an understanding of the history of the Early Modern era. Students will learn together through lecture and discussion, reading and interpreting critical and art historical texts as well as primary documents, and engaging in participatory and experiential exercises.

ARTH484 Modern Chinese Film and Visual Culture (Professor Kuo)
Tu 11-12:15 (HBK 0302J)
Also offered as: FILM426.
Credit only granted for: ARTH484; ARTH489F taken in F2012, F2011, F2008, or S2009; or ARTH488F in S2010, S2008, or F2009; or FILM426.
Formerly: ARTH489F.
Modern Chinese culture, society, and history studied through examples of art, film, and visual culture.

ARTH488A Colloquium in Art History; Ancient Mediterranean Portraiture (Professor Egan)
TuTh 11-12:15 (ASY 4304)
This colloquium explores the appearance, production, and function of portrait sculptures in ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome from roughly 3000 BC to the death of the emperor Constantine in AD 337. Coursework will center around the reading and discussion of academic articles, and incorporate projects that employ digital tools.

ARTH488T Colloquium in Art History; Curating Art & Moving Image in the Digital Age (Professor Kuo)
TuTh 2-3:15 (ASY 3217)
This special hands-on course will provide students with the opportunity to curate an exhibition of contemporary art at the Brentwood Arts Exchange, a community-based art gallery in the Gateway Arts District located only a few miles south of the campus. Students will interact with artists and curatorial staff to design the exhibition and write, design, and publish the accompanying exhibition catalog. Students can also make documentaries of artists at work. It is a great opportunity to obtain valuable skills in critical judgement, creative problem solving, concise expression of ideas in oral presentation and written communication, and to learn about aspects of curatorial work. The exhibition will open at the conclusion of the course.

ARTH489D Special Topics in Art History; African Modernisms (Professor Cowcher)
F 1-3:30 Class meets at the Phillips Collection University of Maryland Center for Art and Knowledge, Center Conference Room (CCR) 1600 21st St., NW. Washington, DC. 20009.
In this course we will explore modernist art practice across the African continent. We will begin by examining the term "modernism," its familiar Western-centric history, and its relationship to colonialism, anti-colonialism and post-colonialism. We will proceed to look in-depth at modernist art in different contexts across the African continent, including Senegal, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Uganda, South Africa and the DRC. The course will include a visit to the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, and will involve discussions about exhibitions and displays of modern art from Africa in Western institutions. The final assignment will involve designing and virtually curating an exhibition focused on an artist, a theme or a location related to our studies of Africa’s many modernist practices.


ARTH489K Special Topics in Art History; Art and the Museum World (Professor Georgievska-Shine)
F 2-4:30 (ASY 3217)

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

ARTH499 (PermReq) Honors Thesis. Individual Instruction Course

Graduate Courses

ARTH 739D: Seminar in seventeenth-Century Northern European Art; King Charles I and the Collecting of Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck in Britain
Professor Arthur Wheelock
Monday 3:00-5:40 p.m.
ASY 4304
This seminar will study the importance of art for one of the greatest collectors of the seventeenth cenutry, King Charles I of England. What were the aesthetic, political, and social implications of the types of paintings that Charles admired? How and where did he display his paintings, and what functions did they serve during his reign? We will study the various ways Charles acquired masterieces for his remarkable collection, with special attention paid to paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck. We will also examine works painted by Rubens while in England and the role of Van Dyck as a court artist. The course will draw heavily from the National Gallery's own collection. It also coincides with a major exhibition at the Royal Academy, Charles I: The King's Pictures.

ARTH 759D: Seminar in Twentieth-Century Art; Abstraction and Utopia
Professor Steven Mansbach
Monday 12:00-2:40 p.m.
ASY 4304
This seminar will interrogate the claim that the genesis of abstract art – and much of modern art in general – was the result of a searching commitment to achieving a higher order of social, political, spiritual, or aesthetic life.  We may also question the claim that abstraction was a manifestation of a stylistic imperative, one that emerged almost inexorably form the “force” of modernist developments.

The first several seminar sessions will focus on discussions of assigned readings, which range widely both chronologically and in terms of genre. Among those to be considered will likely be major historiographical "monuments" of art history, of philosophy, and of 19th-century utopian literature. Following our general discussion sessions, students will have the opportunity to identify and pursue topics related to the seminar's general theme. Here, too, a broad consideration of chronology, media, and focus will be encouraged.

ARTH 759E: Seminar in Twentieth-Century Art; Ecocrticism: A Case Study on Modern Landscape Art at the Philips Collection
Professor Joshua Shannon
Friday 2:00-4:40 p.m.
Class meets at the Phillips Collection University of Maryland Center for Art and Knowledge, Center Conference Room (CCR) 1600 21st St., NW. Washington, DC. 20009
This course offers a graduate-level introduction to ecocriticism in the humanities as well as an opportunity to conduct intensive research on modern landscape art, making special reference to works at the Phillips Collection.

ARTH 768C: Seminar in Latin American Art and Archaeology; Cuban Art after 1959
Professor Abigail McEwen
Wednesday 3:00-5:40 p.m.
The restoration of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States, announced in December 2014, has brought renewed attention to the arts of postrevolutionary Cuba, highlighted in a number of high-profile exhibitions in the U.S.  This seminar surveys the landscape of contemporary Cuban art since the 1950s, charting its changing contexts—Third Worldism to the Global South, the Havana Biennials and the Special Period—and its critical historiography.  We consider the Caribbean and greater Atlantic contexts of Cuban art as well the parallel emergence of the diaspora and the positionality of Cuban artists in exile.  Assigned readings draw on texts by, among others, Alejandro Anreus, Antonio Benítez-Rojo, Giulio Blanc, Lynette Bosch, Luis Camnitzer, Tatiana Flores, José Gómez Sicre, Gerardo Mosquera, Rachel Price, Tonel, and Rachel Weiss.  This course anticipates the retrospective exhibition of the Cuban-born, Puerto Rico-based artist Zilia Sánchez, scheduled to open at The Phillips Collection in February 2019.

(Perm Req)
Directed Graduate Studies in Art History
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(Perm Req)
Master's Thesis Research
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(Perm Req)
Pre-Candidacy Research
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