Course offerings, Fall 2014
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.
History of Art IDobbins >
A survey of the great monuments of art and architecture from their beginnings in caves through the arts of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome, Byzantium, the Islamic world, and medieval western Europe. The course attempts to make art accessible to students with no background in the subject, and it explains the ways in which painting, sculpture, and architecture are related to mythology, religion, politics, literature, and daily life. The course serves as a visual introduction to the history of the West.
Introductory Seminars: Exploring the VisualDakouri-Hild >
Introductory Seminars in Art History are small classes for first- and second-year students that emphasize reading, writing, and discussion. While subject varies with the instructor, topics will be selected that allow students to engage broad issues and themes historically and in relationship to contemporary concerns and debates. Subject is announced prior to each registration period. Enrollment is capped at 15.
Greek ArtGondek >
The painting, sculpture, and architecture of the Greeks, from the Dark Ages through the Hellenistic period. Works are studied in their social, political, and religious contexts.
Aegean Art and ArchaeologyDakouri-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.
Early Christian and Byzantine ArtKondyli >
Studies the art of the early Church in East and West and its subsequent development in the East under the aegis of Byzantium. Includes the influence of theological, liturgical and political factors on the artistic expression of Eastern Christian spirituality.
Early Medieval ArtRamirez-Weaver >
This course examines art created in the era from 300 to 1100, when early medieval artists, motivated by devotion to their faiths and scientific beliefs, crafted beautiful and refined visual expressions of their values. These crafted confessions in stone, paint, parchment, and metal provide the living historical records of a vibrant period, during which medieval artists asserted their various cultural identities.
Italian Renaissance ArtBarolsky >
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.
Modern Art, 1900-1945Schoenthal >
This lecture course will chart key moments in the history of modern art, from the late nineteenth century to the late twentieth century, with a special emphasis on the historical and social dimensions of art practice. Necessarily selective, the narrative developed throughout the course will stress those episodes in the history of art that have proven critical to understanding the story of modern and contemporary art as it developed in the western world. The class lectures will provide a synthetic view of the 20th century, including critical assessment of individual works and broader movements, changes in the production and reception of art, and reasons for the shift from Paris to New York as the home of the "avant-garde." Thematic subtexts will also include avant-gardism as an ideology, the perception and identity of the artist, dialogues and tensions between "high" art and mass culture, and the success and failure of Modernism/s.
Art Since 1945Gurshtein >
Surveys art production and theory in the U.S. and Europe since World War II. Relationships between artistic practice and critical theory are stressed in an examination of movements ranging from abstract expressionism to neo-geo.
The History of PhotographyRaymond >
General survey of the photographic medium from 1839 to the present. Emphasizes the technical, aesthetic, and critical issues particular to the medium.
American Art Since ReconstructionHigginbotham >
This lecture course examines the visual arts (painting, sculpture, photography, prints) of the United States from the late 19th-century to World War II. Particular emphasis is placed on cultural, political, and social issues that provide a contextual framework for the analysis of these images. The course interrogates topics such as artistic identity, American modernism, patronage, and the influence of popular culture on fine art.
Arts & Cultures of the Slave SouthNelson & McInnis >
This interdisciplinary course covers the American South to the Civil War. While the course centers on the visual arts 'architecture, material culture, decorative arts, painting, and sculpture' it is not designed as a regional history of art, but an exploration of the interrelations between history, material and visual cultures, foodways, music and literature in the formation of Southern identities.
The Arts of IndiaEhnbom >
The class is an overview of Indian sculpture, architecture, and painting from the Third Millennium BC to the 18th century AD and includes works from Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Islamic traditions.
The Late Antique MediterraneanKondyli >
Religion in Japanese Pop CultureLomi >
This course examines key aspects of the Japanese modern and contemporary religious culture through a variety of popular media, ranging from Edo period kibyôshi to contemporary manga and anime. Although this is not intended as a comprehensive introduction to the religions of Japan, by the end of the course students will be familiar with core ideas and practices, as well as with sacred imageries, holy places and religious groups relevant to the understanding of contemporary Japanese culture.
Viking Art and ArchaeologyGrayburn >
Anthropology of Australian Aboriginal ArtSmith >
This class studies the intersection of anthropology, art and material culture focusing on Australian Aboriginal art. We examine how Aboriginal art has moved from relative obscurity to global recognition over the past 30 yrs. Topics include the historical and cultural contexts of invention, production, marketing and appropriation of Aboriginal art. Students will conduct research using the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection and Study Center.
16th-17th Century South Asian PaintingEhnbom >
Art and MythBarolsky >
The ParthenonSmith >
Akrotiri: Aegean PompeiiDakouri-Hild >
Baroque to PalladianLi >
20th Century Art in Eastern EuropeGurshtein >
University Museums InternshipLove & 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.
Undergraduate Thesis Researchvarious >
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.