Course offerings, Fall 2017
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.
Principles and Practices of Arts AdministrationSampson >
Introductory survey of principles and practices of arts administration, as the crossroads of art and audience.
Arts Marketing Theory and PracticeGuggenheimer >
Audience development theory and marketing strategies and techniques as they apply specifically to the arts and arts institutions.
Introduction to Design ThinkingSampson >
This course introduces the use of abductive reasoning to solve complex problems, using Architecture and the Arts as exemplars of creative problem solving techniques.
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.
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 Medieval ArtRamírez-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 ArtPurvis >
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.
The Age of Rubens and Rembrandt: Baroque Art in the NetherlandsGoedde >
A survey of the art of the Dutch and Flemish Golden Age, including such artists as Rubens, Rembrandt, van Dyck, Hals and Vermeer. The course examines innovations in style and new subjects like landscape, still life and daily-life genre in relation to major historical developments, including the revolt of the Netherlands, the rise of the Dutch Republic, and the Counter-Reformation. The course includes a survey of Dutch architecture.
Art Since 1945Robbins >
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.
African ArtTBD >
Lecture on African Art. Details forthcoming.
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.
Photography and DisappearanceRaymond >
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.
Italian Renaissance Decorative Complexes, 1300-1600Purvis >
This course examines decorative complexes in Renaissance Italy such as private chapels, monastic and church complexes, charitable institutions, public palaces, public squares, private palaces and domestic spaces, libraries and studioli, and villas and gardens, as well as interventions in urban planning. Modes of social and political messaging and the interrelationship among painting, sculpture, and architecture will be considered.
Problems in Roman Art and ArchaeologyDobbins >
This colloquium takes a thematic and a problem-oriented approach to Roman art and archaeology rather than a chronological one. There are many controversies pertaining to the proper interpretation, or even chronology, of well-known monuments, such as the forum at Pompeii. Professor Dobbins employs some of his own research in this problem-oriented study. This colloquium emphasizes discussion and regular writing assignments.
African ArtTBD >
Colloquium on African Art. Details forthcoming.
Medieval Manuscript IllustrationRamírez-Weaver >
This course examines the development of manuscript illumination following the birth of the codex in ca. 300. Each manuscript studied exemplifies aspects of changing period styles, scientific beliefs, and spiritual identities. The myriad ways that books manifest crafted confessions of medieval ideas and reveal a sensual appreciation for beauty and value will be interrogated through a set of case studies ranging roughly 450-1450. Students in this course will learn the fundamental research skills required to undertake original study of medieval manuscripts. Consultation of local resources will be complemented by work with manuscripts at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, MD.
Indigenous North American ArtsGreci-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.
Politics of the PastDakouri-Hild >
The seminar focuses on the cultural politics involving antiquities with a variety of issues illuminated: nationalism and archaeology in the service of the state; sanctimony and stewardship of ancient sites; repatriation and restitution of art; the commodification of culture in contemporary society; art/artifacts as spoils of war; the ethics of connoisseurship and collecting; social and economic aspects of illicit antiquities trade etc.
16th Century South Asian PaintingEhnbom >
Sex, Spirits, and SorcerySkerritt >
The art of northern Australia opens a window onto a world in which ancestral spirits remained a constant presence in the land. These narratives contain all the drama of a Hollywood epic: struggles over life and death, love and lust, all within simmering magic of the tropics. Using the world-class holdings of the Kluge-Ruhe, this seminar explores the development of the art of Arnhem Land from 1911 to the present.
Subversive PrintsFordham >
Often associated with fine art reproduction, printmaking has also been used to subvert cultural and political authority. This seminar examines printmaking as a radical act from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. Making active use of local print collections, students will be encouraged to identify and develop a topic that will culminate in a final research paper.
Modern Life, Modern Looks: 1860s-1960sSchroeder >
As the fashion industry grew, so did its power as a social force that shaped artistic production in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This course focuses on the relationship between art and fashion from the 1860s through the 1960s in Europe and America. We will examine paintings, prints, and photographs, as well as primary texts from fashion and art publications to explore the art/fashion dialectic.
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.