Fall 2020 courses

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Undergraduate Courses

Undergraduate Catalog

ARTH200 Art and Society in Ancient and Medieval Europe to the Mediterranean (Professor Egan) 
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)
This course examines the visual arts of Europe (and to a lesser extent the United States) from roughly the year 1300 to the present.  Although the course is predicated chronologically on ARTH 200, there is NO pre-requisite and a student will find ARTH 201 self-sufficient as it introduces and analyzes major artistic monuments that continue to shape our vision and define our world.



ARTH260 and ARTH260C Art and Activism (Professor McEwen)
MW 11-11:50 (ASY 2203)
Can art effect social change? How may we use the history of radical and avant-garde art to inform present-day movements and models of artistic and creative activism? This course explores the modern and contemporary history of political art and arts activism on local, national, and global scales.





ARTH262 Public Art (Professor McEwen)
M 2-4:30 (ASY 4213)
How does public art function on a university campus, in major cities, and across the United States? Can emerging technologies support the interpretation, experience, and reception of public art in new, and imaginative, ways? This course invites students to empirically study the modern history and civic values of public art spanning sculpture, painting, mixed-media, and installation. We consider the nature of public space, the politics of representation and community, and the civic and memorial functions of art. Leveraging a panoply of digital tools, students generate metadata, prototype creative interventions and experiences, and collectively write a community-sourced history of public art.


ARTH303: Roman Art and Archaeology (Gensheimer)
TuTh 11-12:15 (ASY 3211)
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 megalopolis 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 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.


ARTH305 Archaeological Methods and Practice (Professor Bravo)
TuTh 2-3:15 (ASY 4213A)
team-taught, interdisciplinary course discussing theories, methods, and ethical issues in the practice of archaeology.

Prerequisite: ANTH240, ARTH200, or CLAS180.
Cross-listed with ANTH305, CLAS305.
Credit only granted for: ANTH305, ARTH305, or CLAS305.




ARTH337 Special Topics in Art History and Archaeology; Cities and the Arts (Professor Honig)
TuTh 3:30-4:45 (ASY 3215)
A class about three early modern cities as sites of artistic exchange, practice and production. We will study each of the three great global trade centers of Europe where new ideas, artistic forms, and material culture were constantly being introduced: Renaissance Venice, 16th-century Antwerp, and Amsterdam in its Golden Age.

ARTH359I Film as Art; Gilliam and Cronenberg: The Existential Individual in an Absurd World (Professor Metcalf)
W 3:30-7 (ASY 3211)
Terry Gilliam (a picture guy) and David Cronenberg (a word guy) come from a mindset of the modernist/ existentialist worldview but make their artwork in an ironic/postmodern world the filmmakers both consider the lack of meaning in the world and the powerlessness of the individual. Gilliam thinks of identity in terms of imagination; Cronenberg thinks in terms of the body's effect on the mind. Both explore the role of the artist and the individual and the nature and forms of reality.

Trigger warning: Many of these films depict physicality, nudity, sexuality and violence that tend to disturb some people.

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.
Supervised internship experience in diverse areas of art historical, archaeological, and museological work.
Contact department for information to register for this course.

ARTH389A Special Topics in Art History and Archaeology: The Art of Drawing: A Left and Right Brain Experience (Professor Bland)
W 10-12:30 (ASY 3219)
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 of 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.

ARTH389L Special Topics in Art History and Archaeology; Visual Cultures of Islam (Professor Gruber)
TuTh 11:30-1 (ASY 3211)
Crosslisted with HIST219E, AAST298B, PERS298E, and RELS219E. Credit granted for HIST219E, ARTH389L, AAST298B, PERS298E, or RELS219E.

Visual Cultures of Islam is part of the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum (digitalislam.umich.edu). This course is taught by renowned University of Michigan instructor Christiane Gruber, an expert in the field of Islamic Art, and digitally shared with the University of Maryland. In this course, Professor Gruber explores definitions of "Islamic" art and investigates various visual cultures of Islam around the world from the 7th to the 20th century. The course meets twice a week in real time using video conferencing technology and students are able to enroll directly at Maryland for course credit.

ARTH389Q Special Topics in Art History and Archaeology; Classic Foreign Films (Professor Kuo)
Tu 2-4:30 (HBK 0105)
Cross-listed with FILM359X. Credit only granted for ARTH389Q or FILM359X.

Students will explore classic foreign films from Asia and Europe. This course is designed to enable students to examine historically and artistically significant films made since 1945 by some of the most. important directors in world cinema. Directors to be studied may include Ang Lee,  Ann Hui, Chen Kaige, Zhang Yimou, Ray, Mehta, Kiarostami, Kurosawa, Ozu, Godard, Truffaut, Wajda, Malle, Bergman, De Sica, Menzel and Martel. All films will be subtitled.

ARTH488A Colloquium in Art History;The Art and Archaeology of Bronze Age Pylos (Professor Egan)
M 1-3:30 (ASY3217)
Come take an in-depth look at one of the oldest and most celebrated sites of ancient Greece. This colloquium will examine the site of Pylos and its showpiece, the "Palace of Nestor" - offering a rich archaeological-art historical perspective on Bronze Age architecture, artifacts, and their modern reception.

ARTH488B Colloquium in Art History; Living Lodging, Dwelling, Inhabiting Spaces in Early Modern Europe (Professor Honig)
TuTh 12:30-1:45 (ASY 3217)
Explores different types of living space, who lived in them, and how they utilized the spaces they inhabited, from palaces and cloisters around 1500, to country and city houses around 1600, to the newly comfortable home of around 1700.

ARTH489O Special Topics in Art History; Art in the Museum World (Professor Georgievska-Shine)
F 2-4:30 (ASY 3217)
This course is intended for upper division students majoring in art history, but it is open to anyone interested in the museum world. Its main goal is to introduce various facets of museum work and possible career paths within that environment. Many of the meetings will take place in museums and other art institutions in the Washington area. Each of them will address a particular aspect of museum work through a conversation with museum professionals and/or guided tours through different departments. Topics to be discussed include, but are not limited to, curatorial work, collection display and preservation, and outreach programs that promote a more meaningful relationship between museums and their audiences.

ARTH489Q Special Topics in Art History; Global Art Cinemas (Professor Kuo)
Th 2-4:30 (JMZ 0205)
Cross-listed with FILM429G. Credit granted for ARTH489Q or FILM429G.
Global art cinemas often challenge their audiences and demand more active engagement because of their unconventional modes of story-telling and their emphases on the directors personal expressions. Students will critically examine some of the most talked-about and engaging art films; they will also consider the influence of art history on the films by such great directors as Wong Kar-wai, Bresson, Visconti, Scorsese, Figueroa, Varda, Campion, Reichardt, Potter, Tarantino, Greenway, and Resnais.




ARTH498 (PermReq) Directed Studies in Art History I. Individual Instruction Course
Audit. Contact department for information to register for this course.

ARTH499 (PermReq) Honors Thesis. Individual Instruction Course 
Audit. Contact department for information to register for this course.

Graduate Courses

ARTH692: Methods of Art History
Professor Jordana Saggese
Friday 1-3:30 pm
ASY 4304

Methods of research and criticism applied to typical art-historical problems; bibliography and other research tools.

For all non-Art History and Archaeology majors, permission of the department is required.

ARTH 738G: Seminar in Seventeenth-Century Southern European Art; Realizing the Artistic Idea from Early Modernity to the Nineteenth Century
Professor Anthony Colantuono
Tuesday 12-2:30 pm
ASY 4304

ARTH 779F: Seminar in Japanese Art; Art and the Cold War: The View from Japan
Professor Alicia Volk
Tuesday 12-2:30 pm
ASY 4304

The Cold War was a global event, and its art ideologically motivated, but English-language histories rarely include objects or perspectives from outside America and Europe. East Asia, of course, was a major site in the East-West struggle between "the free world" and Communism: it saw China's Communist Revolution, the war in Korea, and America's long occupation of Japan. Adopting the view from Japan, this course will consider the cultural role of the art of the Cold War in social, geopolitical and transnational contexts.

(Perm Req)
Directed Graduate Studies in Art History
Contact department for information to register for this course.

(Perm Req)
Master's Thesis Research
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(Perm Req)
Pre-Candidacy Research
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(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
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