Spring 2017 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 Mansbach)
MW 10-10:50 + 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 Colantuono)
TuTh 9:30-10:45 (ASY 3215)
This course fulfills General Education: Distributive Studies, Scholarship in Practice requirement.

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

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 Colantuono)
TuTh 12:30-1:45 (ASY 3215)
Painting, sculpture and architecture concentrating on Italy, Spain, France, and England.

ARTH346 Nineteenth-Century European Art from 1850 (Professor Hargrove)
TuTh 11-12:15 (ASY 3215)
Major trends from Realism and Impressionism to Symbolism, exploring the historical context, in which concepts of gender, class, and race are integral to the transformation of Western art.

ARTH350 Twentieth-Century Art to1945 (Professor Metcalf)
TuTh 2-3:15 (ASY 3211)
Prerequisite: ARTH201.
Painting, sculpture, and architecture in Europe and America from the late nineteenth century to the end of World War II.

ARTH359 Film as Art; Horror Film and the Idea of Evil (Professor Metcalf)
W 3:30-7 (ASY 4213A)
The meaning of the monster and its visual manifestations, seeing and not seeing, the classic monster types in cultural context, the slasher/stalker film and the meaning of evil in secular narrative. Based in films and short fiction with critical theory.

ARTH361 American Art since 1876 (Professor Ater)
TuTh 12:30-1:45 (ASY 3211)
Painting, sculpture, architecture, and the decorative arts in North America after 1876.

ARTH370 Latin American Art and Archaeology (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.

ARTH389B Special Topics in Art History and Archaeology: The Art of Color: A Left and Right Brain Experience (Professor Bland)
F 10-12:30 (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

ARTH389N Special Topics in Art History and Archaeology; Art in the Age of Great Explorations (Professor Georgievska-Shine)
M 2-4:30 (ASY 3215)
Some of the most fascinating developments in European visual culture are associated with the so-called Age of Exploration, a period stretching from the early 1400s to the early 1800s. As European ships traveled around the world in search of new trading routes, they encountered numerous lands and peoples they had never imagined existed. In this course, we look at some of the most fascinating reflections of these encounters in the visual arts and the material culture of the period.

ARTH488A Colloquium in Art History: Ancient Mediterranean Portraiture (Professor Egan)
TuTh 11-12:15 (ASY 3217)
This colloquium explores the appearance, production, and function of portrait sculptures in the ancient Greco-Roman world from roughly 600 BC to the death of the emperor Constantine in AD 337. Coursework will center around the reading and discussion of academic articles, and will incorporate design projects that employ digital tools.

ARTH488B Colloquium in Art History; Symbolism in France: Paul Gauguin and his Milieu (1870-1900) (Professor Hargrove)
TuTh 2-3:15 (ASY 3217)
Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) was one of the most gifted and original artists of his day, one whose innovations took Symbolism into the abstract and deeply subjective art of the twentieth century. He and his friend and rival Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) strove to create an art that spoke directly to the viewer, first and foremost from the heart. He influenced a circle of younger artists (Bernard, Sérusier, Bonnard, Vuillard, among others), who contributed to an art divorced from dependence on nature and on the conventions of the Renaissance. These artists explored form and content determined by the imagination rather than rules and literature. While the class will concentrate on Gauguin and his disciples, it will also examine other Symbolists of the end of the nineteenth century, such as Moreau, Puvis de Chavannes, and Munch.
This course will investigate these artists and their works from various perspectives, including the historical context, the relationship to poetry and music, the impact of spiritualism and the occult, orientalism and exoticism, modernism and primitivism, feminism and gender issues, post-colonial theories, and the themes and interests that you bring to the class.
Classes will be a combination of lectures and discussions, for which you will be expected to read assigned articles every week. Each of you will be a section leader for the weekly discussion on readings chosen in conjunction with the professor. You will all give short oral presentations on individual artists as well as on the topic of your research paper.

ARTH489G Special Topics in Art History; Depth and Surface in Modern and Contemporary Art (Professor Rosenberg)
F 1-3:30
Class meets at the Phillips Collection, University of Maryland Center for Art and Knowledge, Center Conference Room(CCR), 1600 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009.
This course addresses the uncertain position of pictorial depth and and material surface in modern and contemporary art since 1945. It will focus primarily on abstract painting, Pop art, photorealist painting and experimental film, video and computer art from the fifties, sixties, and seventies.

ARTH489K Special Topics in Art History; Art and the Museum World (Professor Georgievska-Shine)
F 2-4:30 (ASY 3217)
Learn about ways in which you can use your fine arts and art history background in a variety of contexts – from museums and galleries to governmental and non-governmental art organizations. Our weekly meetings will address various professional paths including curatorial work, collection management and preservation, installation, and educational and outreach programs that promote a more meaningful relationship between museums and their audiences.
Some sessions will take place on campus, but most of them will be held in museums and other art institutions. Many of them will involve conversations with professionals and/or guided tours.
This course is open to students from variety of backgrounds including, but not limited to studio arts and art history, journalism, architecture, classics, computer science, government and politics, or business and communications.

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

ARTH499 (PermReq) Honors Thesis. Individual Instruction Course

Graduate Courses

ARTH 608: Studies in Ancient Art and Archaeology: The Roman Party
Professor Maryl Gensheimer
Tuesday 1:00-3:40 p.m.
ASY 4304
Across the ancient Mediterranean, methods for food production and preferences for its consumption were hallmarks of cultural identity. This course provides a historical overview of dining habits in ancient Greece and Rome, with an emphasis on the latter. The focus will be on food as both sustenance and symbol.

ARTH 739F: Seminar in Seventeenth-Century Northern European Art; Collecting History and Provenance Research in Methodology
Professor Arthur Wheelock
Nancy Yeide, Head of the Department of Curatorial Records, National Gallery of Art
Monday 3:00-5:40 p.m.
ASY 4304
This course satisfies an elective requirement for the graduate certificate in Digital Studies in Arts and Humanities
This course will provide a general overview of the basics of object provenance research, with emphasis on the fine arts, and including a segment on specialized resources for investigating World War II provenance histories. Aspects of collecting history will be considered, including major US collectors P.A.B. Widener, Samuel H. Kress, Chester Dale, and William A. Clark, and the logistics of reconstructing historic collections. The class will also address the application of the technologies of digital humanities to provenance data.

The class will be held in various repositories in the Washington DC area, including: National Gallery of Art,  Archives of American Art, United States National Archives, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

ARTH 759F: Seminar in Twentieth-Century Art; Modernisms Between the Wars
Professor Steven Mansbach
Monday 12:00-2:40 p.m.
ASY 4304
"Modernisms between the Wars" will explore various, often contending, claims for a modern art of "redemption". Often utopian in nature, many of the interwar modernisms sought to employ aesthetics as an efficacious means to reform not just society but humankind itself. The seminar will explore, assess, and ultimately critique a selected number of these mostly European (but not only) modernist movements. We will begin by reading and discussing a series of seminal texts and then focus, individually and collectively, on a host of figures, movements, and monuments.

(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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