In the wake of the white-supremacist terrorism of August 11-13, we wish to highlight and paraphrase some of the comments of Ian Baucom, Dean of Arts and Sciences:
Be assured that the Art Department remains a space where all can pursue the dialogue that counters the lies of racism, anti-semitism, homophobia, and nativism.
We are prepared to stand up for and support those who have been singled out as targets for hatred. The courage of free thought opposing cowardice and bigotry endures and persists here despite violence.



Course offerings, Spring 2018

Please check the Online COD to confirm the following information. Updates can occur at any time and the information here is to be used as a guideline.

Undergraduate students can also register for arah 5000 level courses.

arad 3550
Ecology of the Arts
Sampson >

This course is a summary overview of the ten Arts in Context courses offered thus far. Each of them was offered only once. The entire 10-year series is designed to illuminate the centrality of the arts in a given context, so the Arts and: Law, Education, Medicine & Science, Community, Spirituality, Public Policy, the Environment, Technology and Athletics. Ecology of the Arts will use guest speakers, artists and participatory learning activities to review these many facets of the role of the arts in society.

arad 5200
Development and Board Management
Sampson >

This course explores techniques and rationales behind the giving and the raising of funds; and the closely related skills of leading and managing trustees, boards and volunteers. The course will examine these fields using both theory and practical applications. Both in-class discussions and distinguished guest speakers will be utilized.

arth 2052
Ancient Egypt
Dakouri-Hild >

Survey of Egyptian art and architecture (Predynastic-New Kingdom, 4000-1100 BC). The course introduces students to the great monuments and works of art, and to the beliefs that engendered them. While the focus is on pharaonic 'visual' culture, neglected 'others' (women, cross-gendered persons, foreigners, commoners) and their material/visual cultures are brought to attention to provide a nuanced understanding of Egyptian society and culture.

arth 2054
Roman Art and Archaeology
Dobbins >

Following an overview of Etruscan art, the course examines the development of Roman architecture, urbanism, sculpture and painting from the Republic to Constantine. A focus is Rome itself, but other archaeological sites, such as Pompeii, in Italy and throughout the empire are also considered. Themes, such as succession, the achievements of the emperor, the political and social role of art, and the dissolution of classical art, are traced.

arth 2056
Aegean Art and Archaeology
Dakouri-Hild >

Introduction to the art and archaeology of the prehistoric Aegean, from the Early Bronze Age to the end of the Late Bronze Age (ca. 3000-1200 BCE). Notable sites examined include Troy, Knossos, Mycenae, Thebes, Pylos. The course also examines cultural and artistic connections with New Kingdom Egypt and the Late Bronze Age Levant.

arth 2251
Italian Renaissance Art
Purvis >

Studies painting, architecture, and sculpture in Italy from the close of the Middle Ages through the sixteenth century. Focuses on the work of major artists such as Giotto, Donatello, Botticelli, Leonardo, and Michelangelo. Detailed discussion of the social, political, and cultural background of the arts.

arth 2451
Modern Art, 1900-1945
Schroeder >

A survey of major artistic movements in Europe and the United States during the first half of the twentieth century: Fauvism and Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, the School of Paris, Dada and Surrealism, the Russian avant-garde, modernist trends in America. Painting, sculpture, photography, and the functional arts are discussed.

arth 2491
The History of Photography
Raymond >

General survey of the photographic medium from 1839 to the present. Emphasizes the technical, aesthetic, and critical issues particular to the medium.

arth 2861
East Asian Art
Wong >

Introduces the artistic traditions of China, Korea, and Japan, from prehistoric times to the modern era. Surveys major monuments and the fundamental concepts behind their creation, and examines artistic form in relation to society, individuals, technology, and ideas.

arth 3559
Abstraction Since the Sixties
TBD >

This course tracks the confluence of avant-garde art and activism in the twentieth and the twenty-first centuries. After beginning in the early twentieth-century with the historical avant-garde, the course moves into a discussion of artists and artist groups active since the late 1960s. The course is a survey of participatory and engaged arts practices that familiarizes students with a number of activist groups such as the Black Emergency Cultural Coalition, Gran Fury (the arts branch of ACT UP), the Critical Art Ensemble and Postcommodity, as well an introduction to the aesthetics difficulties such work has presented to art historians and political theorists. A lecture series, featuring contemporary artists-activists, has been arranged in connection with the class.

arth 3591
Photography and Disappearance
Raymond >

This course explores connections between photography and disappearance, in the sense of actual disappearance and/or cultural erasure. The course delves into twentieth and twenty-first century photographers who invoke disappearance by different means: Ralph Meatyard, Duane Michals, Francesa Woodman, An-My Le, Graham MacIndoe, Paula Luttringer, Rebecca Belmore, Sally Mann, Ana Mendieta, Carrie Mae Weems, and others.

arth 3591
Oceanic Art and Architecture
Love >

You will be involved in a project to identify and research Oceanic objects in the collection of the Fralin Museum of Art. Many of these objects have no identification or information about them, other than their donor. This class will be a hands-on learning experience as well as a discussion and research-based class, designed to serve as an introduction to the art and architecture of Pacific Cultures using objects in the collection of the Fralin Museum of Art as well as the Kluge-Ruhe Museum. Issues of authenticity, temporality, and colonialism will be addressed, as well as issues of museum display of non-western material.

arth 3591
Art and Activism
Robbins >

This course tracks the confluence of avant-garde art and activism in the twentieth and the twenty-first centuries. After beginning in the early twentieth-century with the historical avant-garde, the course moves into a discussion of artists and artist groups active since the late 1960s. The course is a survey of participatory and engaged arts practices that familiarizes students with a number of activist groups such as the Black Emergency Cultural Coalition, Gran Fury (the arts branch of ACT UP), the Critical Art Ensemble and Postcommodity, as well an introduction to the aesthetics difficulties such work has presented to art historians and political theorists. A lecture series, featuring contemporary artists-activists, has been arranged in connection with the class.

arth 3591
Alexander Calder and Modern Art
Turner >

This class will explore the professional and social context for one of the most successful modern sculptors in the twentieth century.

arth 3591
Monuments of Japanese Art
Wong >

This course focuses on key monuments and artistic traditions that have played a central role in Japanese art and society. Topics range from art and architecture of Shinto and Buddhism of the classical period, late Heian court art, Zen paintings and garden architecture, and also decorative paintings and woodblock prints of the later period.

arth 3595
Indigenous North American Arts
Greci-Green >

An introduction to art histories of indigenous North America and of collecting Native arts with close material analysis of objects in the Fralin museum collection.

arth 4051
Art History: Theory and Practice
Ramírez-Weaver >

This course introduces art history majors to the basic tools and methods of art historical research, and to the theoretical and historical questions of art historical interpretation. The course will survey a number of current approaches to the explanation and interpretation of works of art, and briefly address the history of art history. Prerequisite: Major or minor in art history

arth 4591
Antiquity and Film
Dakouri-Hild >

The seminar introduces students to perceptions of antiquity in the silver screen, from silent films to 3D ones, looking at a wide variety of cultures (the earliest prehistory to ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, and from the Greeks and Romans to the genesis and ancient Israel)

arth 4591
From Indian Shrines and Palaces:16th-17th Century South Asian Painting
Ehnbom >

This class covers the history and the historiography of Indian painting, with primary emphasis on the early development of the Mughal style in the 16thth century and the very beginnings of the schools of Rajasthan.

arth 4591
Aboriginal Contemporary Art
Skerritt >

arth 4591
American Modernisms
Turner >

American Modernisms highlights the practice and theories of a range of artists working and exhibiting in the United States grappling with issues of modernity between 1900 and 1950. The range of meanings for the terms "American" and "Modern" will be considered - from abstract, formal language of modern inventions to symbolist correspondences and equivalences as well as new metaphors gleaned from popular culture as a ways being in the modern world. A close examination of the strategic relationship between exhibition, publication and critical reception in support of American modernists will be part of our analysis and discussion of the weekly readings. Among the highlights will be artists such as Georgia O'Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Paul Strand and Arthur Dove who exhibited with Alfred Stieglitz between 1905 and 1946.

arth 4952
University Museums Internship
Love & Handler >

This is a two-semester sequence of two three-credit courses. Students will do internships (lasting for an academic year) at either the Fralin Museum of Art or the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection. As interns, students will work approximately 100 hours each semester (7-8 hours per week) in the museum, under the close supervision of museum professionals, and will participate in three training sessions and three academic seminars. Space is limited. Application required: to apply please email instructors your transcript, resume, and a one-page essay indicating your interest in museum work and your experience (if any). Deadline May 1st.

arth 4998
Undergraduate Thesis Research
Various >

Research for a thesis of approximately 50 written pages undertaken in the fall semester of the fourth year by art history majors who have been accepted into the department's Distinguished Majors Program.