Course offerings, Spring 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.
Ecology of the ArtsSampson >
This course for 2017, Ecology of the Arts, 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.
Development and Board ManagementSampson >
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.
History of Art II: Renaissance to Post-Modern Art and ArchitectureGoedde >
A survey of Western art from the Renaissance to the present, this course explores the history and interpretation of art. It will highlight specific artists and movements, as well as consider particular works of art in their artistic, social, religious, and political contexts. The primary focus will be on painting, sculpture, and architecture, although a variety of media will be considered.
Art and Popular CultureHigginbotham >
The course examines the role of popular culture in art and art history. Within shifting conceptions of "popular", we will interrogate how issues such as media, art collecting, technology and social, historical, and political shifts have informed the production of visual culture and art practice from the 16th century to the present.
Ancient EgyptDakouri-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.
Roman Art and ArchaeologyDobbins >
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.
High Renaissance and Mannerist ArtTBA >
Studies the painting, architecture, and sculpture or the sixteenth century, emphasizing the works of major artists, such as Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Giorgione, and Titian. Detailed discussion of the social, political, and cultural background of the arts.
Modern Art, 1900-1945TBA >
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.
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.
Arts & Cultures of the Slave SouthNelson >
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.
Arts of the Buddhist World- India to JapanWong >
Surveys the Buddhist sculpture, architecture and painting of India, China and Japan. Considers aspects of history and religious doctrine.
Arts of the Islamic WorldPhillips >
The class is an overview of art made in the service of Islam in the Central Islamic Lands, Egypt, North Africa, Spain, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and South and Southeast Asia.
Greek Vase PaintingSmith >
Survey of the major styles, techniques, and painters of Greek vases produced in the Archaic and Classical periods (c. 700-350 b.c.). Emphasizes themes of myth and daily life, the relationship of vases to other ancient arts, the legacy of form and decoration in the arts of later periods, such as 18th century England, and comparisons with other cultures, such as the Native American southwest. Prerequisite: any course in Art History, Anthropology, Classics or History.
The Sixties and its Reception in Contemporary ArtRobbins >
This course takes the reception of the 1960s as its subject in order to explore the relationship between memory, history, and the production of visual art. Looking at art made since 1985, we explore the manner by which the art of the sixties continues to assert itself in the art and criticism of the present. Since our primary concern will be with representations and repetitions of the 1960s - what James Meyer has termed the "Sixties Effect"- one of our key tasks as readers and writers will be to analyze the very nature of documentation and its role in authorizing specific historical narratives. Students will be introduced to some of the most pressing themes in the art of the recent past, including issues in photography, painting, and new media, questions of identity and difference, and the implications of a newly "global art."
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.
Art and the British EmpireFordham >
William Blake famously said that "Empire follows art and not vice versa as Englishmen suppose." Could this possibly be true? How influential were the visual arts in shaping the contours of British imperialism and British perceptions of the world? This course interrogates the relation of art to the British empire when the latter was at its height between 1750 and 1950. We examine representations from India, China, Africa, and beyond, as well as the ways in which these images were organized, perceived, and misperceived in Britain. From propaganda to subversive critique, we explore the interdependent roles of representation, exploration, and empire.
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.
American ModernismsTurner >
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.
Monuments of Japanese ArtWong >
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.
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.
Art History: Theory and PracticeRamírez-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.
Art and CognitionDakouri-Hild >
Examines the interrelationship of visual art and embodied cognition from prehistory to the present time, to address a variety of questions: what is the nature and purpose of artistic experience? How does the creation and perception of art illuminate the workings and evolution of the mind/brain? Inversely, how does research in cognitive science, elucidate the processes of making, perceiving and interpreting art?
16th Century South Asian Sculpture and ArchitectureEhnbom >
We will examine the stylistic and contextual development of South Asian sculpture and architecture from its beginnings to the 3rd/4th century A.D., paying particular attention to the formation of a visual and symbolic vocabulary that is common to Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. We will also survey the historiography of early Indian sculpture and architecture, with special emphasis on the writings of A.K. Coomaraswamy (1887-1947).
The Byzantine CityKondyli >
This seminar explores the development of Byzantine cities in relation to Byzantium's political and socio- economic structures (4th-15th c). It aims at examining cities as lived spaces, investigating their architecture and topography as well as a range of urban experiences from mundane daily deeds to public processions. Emphasis will also be placed on the different social groups responsible for the transformation of Byzantine urban spaces.
Export Art, Souvenirs, and Material CulturePhillips >
What do an Elvis keychain and a Ming vase have in common? This class investigates arts and objects that were designed for sale and consumption in places other than they were made. Personal keepsakes from Makkah, Graceland, and the Vatican contrast with paintings and prints made in Canton, Delhi, London, and Constantinople for consumers interested in depictions of other places and people.
Museum Interpretation: HighlandReilly >
What happens when a house museum learns it must rewrite its history? Just this has occurred at the nearby home of James Monroe, Highland, as reported in the Washington Post and elsewhere. Recent archaeology has transformed our understanding of this site and Highland's director, Sara Bon-Harper, is now charged with creating a dramatically different interpretation of the site for visitors.
Together with Ms. Bon-Harper, our seminar will use Highland as a case study for exploring how museums create and present their narratives. What stories do they choose to tell and what type of experience do they choose to create for their visitors? Through a series of field trips to local museums such as Ferry Farm, Stratford Hall and Monticello we will explore the current possibilities for museum interpretation as well as consider new ones. What opportunities do new technologies present for museums and visitors? What works best with more traditional formats? How do we determine the narrative and create the best presentation of that story for visitors? What can we imagine as a strategy for Highland as it rewrites its history?
Highland has challenged us to develop possible strategies for the interpretation of their site given our new understanding of its history. The class will develop a series of possibilities for Highland in conjunction with readings about early American architecture, museum interpretation and historical narratives and site visits.
For ARH Majors, this course fulfills the seminar requirement and American area requirement.
Australian Aboriginal Contemporary ArtSkerritt >
What does it mean to call Aboriginal art "contemporary"? Taking advantage of UVA's world-class collection of Aboriginal Australian art, this course will introduce students to the key art historical, philosophical and anthropological approaches to Aboriginal art. The seminar will situate Aboriginal art within a global critical context, asking students to consider the specific challenges that the Aboriginal art movement poses to our understanding of contemporary art and culture. Students will have the opportunity to test these ideas through direct engagement with the collections of the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection at UVA.
Alexander CalderTurner >
This class will explore the professional and social context for one of the most successful modern sculptors in the twentieth century.
Seminar in Renaissance ArtTBA >
A seminar in the fine arts and decorative arts of the European Renaissance.
Late 19th Early 20th Century European ModernismTBA >
A treatment of the cultural trends that shaped the emerging philosophy of modernism in Europe in the late 19th and early 20th century, as it applies to visual art.
University Museums InternshipLove >
This is the second semester internship at either UVA Art Museum or Kluge Ruhe. Students will work approximately 100 hours per semester in the museum, and will participate in three training sessions and three academic seminars. By application; deadline May 1. Please see information here.