Course offerings, Fall 2016
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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.
Art and ExperienceTurner >
Where does Art come from? How do we come to know it? Experience! Using John Dewey's Art as Experience as a theoretical launching point, this class will contextualize the masterpieces of modern art in the Phillips Collection such as Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party, Braque's Round Table, Pierre Bonnard's Open Window, Matisse's Quai St. Michel, Thomas Eakins, Mrs. Van Buren, Georgia O'Keeffe's Ranchos Church, Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series, Mark Rothko's Room, as well as Cezanne's Bathers and Matisse's Joy of Life at the Barnes Foundation.
Art and AstronomyRamírez-Weaver >
Looking outward and upward at the starry sky, artists, philosophers, and scientists have throughout history consistently sought to situate themselves within the cosmos and to comprehend its heavenly machinery. Creative efforts at understanding or harnessing the significance of the planets and the stars have resulted in architectural wonders such as Stonehenge, zodiacal floor mosaics in late antique synagogues, star pictures in medieval manuscripts, Islamic celestial globes and astrolabes, illustrations for medical treatment, alchemical intervention, observation or imagination of the heavens, and more modern treatments ranging from Star Trek to Sigmar Polke. This seminar traces the development of scientific, political, spiritual, magical, and intellectual technologies of power that have tied individuals to their views and uses for astronomy. Topics include: stars and rule, astronomy, astrology, Ptolemy's universe, Christian reinterpretation, Arabic or Islamic contributions, alchemy, magic, medicine, Galileo, science fiction, Chesley Bonestell, Remedios Varo, and Sigmar Polke.
Art and MoneyFordham >
This introduction to the history of art examines the relationship of artistic value to economic value from the Italian Renaissance to the present. While not a uniquely Western phenomenon, the commodification of art plays a particularly important role in modern capitalist economies, and it enables us to think about the relationship of Western art to imperialism, post-colonialism, and global markets today.
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.
The Age of Caravaggio, Velázquez, and BerniniGoedde >
Studies the painting, sculpture, and architecture of the seventeenth century in Italy, the Low Countries, France, and Spain. Focuses on Caravaggio, Bernini, Velázquez, Rubens, Rembrandt, and Poussin.
Impressionism and Post ImpressionismBetzer >
Surveys modernist movements in European art during the second half of the nineteenth century. Major themes include the establishment of modernity as a cultural ideal, the development of the avant-garde, and the genesis of the concept of abstraction.
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.
East Asian ArtWong >
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.
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.
Arts, Commodities, & How They Shaped the WorldPhillips >
This course looks at the global flow of luxury goods and commodities from the medieval period to the 21st century and maps their production and consumption. Large-scale movements of both materials and technology are considered (as in the Silk Road), as are the movements of a single motif or image (such as the depiction of the elephant Hanno or the cotton bandana). We'll cover price and trade history, as well as the nature of fashion.
Household ArchaeologyKondyli >
This seminar deals with the archaeology of houses and households in the eastern Mediterranean from the prehistoric to the early Modern period. Key themes include the study of domestic architecture, household industries and domestic cults, as well as issues of gender and status. Students will train in analyzing and interpreting excavated material and experiment with new technologies in reconstructing ancient built environments.
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. The course covers theories of the photograph, in aesthetics and in culture, by closely following this theme of disappearance as invoked and evoked in photographs. Some of the material we cover contends with violence, insofar as violence is often a precipitate of disappearances. Questions we raise in this course include how photographs record the disappeared, and how this capacity for witnessing alters in the digital era.
Mediterranean Art & MythSmith >
This course focuses on the mythological stories, figures, and settings of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds, including the Near East and Egypt. Works of ancient literature and art will be introduced and analyzed, as well as the theories of anthropology, religious studies, and art history. Important themes are landscape, memory, narrative, and the role of Classical myth on popular culture.
Mysteries of Ancient ChinaWong >
Through the close study of well-documented archaeological sites spanning from the Neolithic period to the Han dynasty (including the Fu Hao Tomb, Tomb of the First Emperor of Qin, and the Mawangdui Tombs), the course investigates the material culture of ancient China and explores the Chinese notions of afterlife, ancestor worship, state ritual, and immortality cults. Writings from archaeological, anthropological, art historical, ritual and gender perspectives are introduced.
Alexander CalderTurner >
This lecture class will explores the professional and social context for one of the most successful modern sculptors in the twentieth century.
Sexual Violence and Visual CultureDakouri-Hild >
The seminar introduces students to the reception and representation of sexual violence from antiquity to present day, exploring the topic through art as well as film.
South African ArtFordham >
Beginning with the petroglyphs of Southern Africa, this seminar proceeds to examine art from the Dutch and British occupations, the art and monuments produced during the era of Apartheid and ANC resistance, artistic responses to Truth and Reconciliation, and then concludes with the contemporary art scene in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Students will also develop research and writing skills as they work towards a final research paper.
Islamic CalligraphyPhillips >
In the Islamic world, calligraphy is the first and most important form of art. This seminar focuses on writing in many media, from architecture to book arts to popular souvenirs. We'll look at how a canon of artists and styles developed, how calligraphy was produced and consumed, how the symbolic content of a word or phrase could be altered by use of script, and how seeing worked both in highly literate and less literate populations alike.
Paris and PragueRamírez-Weaver >
Late medieval Paris and Prague were united historically and genealogically by ties between the royal families of each city and artistically by the international Gothic style of the year 1400. In this course, we will survey the transformative era of the 14th and early 15th centuries, examining what the artistic record informs us about patronage, artistic styles, everyday life, science, and courtly culture in the late medieval period.
Beginning with a brief examination of the Capetian court and Louis IX's Sainte-Chapelle, the seminar explores art historical evidence for the rise of the Valois and the social pressures or transformations which gave rise to masterful manuscripts, ascendant architecture, and intellectual innovation during their dynasty. A scholarly review of the patronage of Charles V and Jean, Duke of Berry, inter alia, provides an important introduction to key artists of the late medieval period, and focuses class discussion upon major themes of significance for the later middle ages, including courtly culture, lay literacy, the expansion of vernacular literatures, burgher domesticity, university life, mysticism and astrology, and late medieval developments in the liberal arts and theology.
Rather than focus exclusively upon the French courts, this course radically interrogates and reviews the relevance of outlying centers of medieval influence like Prague. The courtly culture of Prague under the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV of Bohemia, and his prodigal progeny, Wenceslas IV, experienced an efflorescence in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. The spiritual, intellectual, ideological, and aesthetic aspects of the Beautiful Style will be evaluated, underscoring the pivotal and central place of Prague in the development of European artistic traditions. Comparing Paris with Prague, while examining the courts at each medieval city, provides a foray into an equally relevant discussion concerning the fact and fictions, framing conceptions of the late medieval world.
Abstract Expressionism in Theory and PracticeRobbins >
This seminar examines the history and theory of the postwar art movement known variously as "Abstraction Expressionism," the "New York School" and "Action Painting." Our focus will be on the paintings and sculptures that came to dominate Modernist discourse in the U.S. following the Second World War, including Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Norman Lewis, Helen Frankenthaler, and Morris Louis.
Dionysos: Art, Myth, and CultSmith >
This advanced seminar focuses on the Greek god of wine and drama and his appearance in ancient Greek and Roman art. Students will be introduced to a wide range of material evidence, including vases, sculpture, minor arts, and wall-painting. Some classical texts in translation will be read. The course evaluation will be based on a series of reading response essays, class participation/discussion, a term paper, and an oral presentation.
University Museums InternshipLove >
The University Museums Internship 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 per semester. The class will also curate their own exhibition. Cross listed with Art History and GDS. Enrollment by application (due May 1): email to Jordan Love a resume, transcript, and a one-page essay/cover letter explaining why you want to take the class and what museum experience you have (if any).