Course offerings, spring 2016
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Undergraduate students can also register for arah 5000 level courses.
Art and AthleticsSampson >
Issues in how the arts and athletics compare and contrast in our society. Issues will include gender, race and class, competition & cooperation, play & effort, conformity & non-conformity, fame & branding, money & its lack
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 IIGoedde >
Studies the history and interpretation of architecture, sculpture and painting from 1400 to the present.
Art and DevotionSmith >
What is the relationship between art and religion across cultures and at different times in history? How do objects and images of devotion teach us about beliefs and ritual practices? This Introductory Seminars in Art History is intended for first- and second-year students, and it will emphasize reading, writing, and discussion about these topics. Artistic examples and assignments will range from the ancient and medieval Mediterranean worlds, to India and the modern United States.
Art and Pop 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.
Etruscan and Roman ArtDobbins >
Studies the painting, sculpture and architecture in Italy and the Roman Empire from the time of the Etruscans to Constantine the Great. Emphasizes the political and social role of art in ancient Rome, the dissolution of classical art, and the formation of medieval art.
High Renaissance and Mannerist ArtBarolsky >
Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto, Correggio, Parmigianino, Rosso Fiorentino, and Pontormo, these are the great artists (from c. 1475 to 1600) whose works we will survey and place in a social, political, religious, philosophical, and poetical context.
British ArtFordham >
This survey of British Art in the modern period examines the work of some of Britain's greatest painters, sculptors, and printmakers including Hogarth, Blake, Flaxman, Turner, the Pre-Raphaelites, Sickert, Bacon, and Freud. Major themes include the relationship of British art to religion, urbanization, empire, industrialization, and post-colonialism.
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.
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 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.
Cultural History of Palestine/IsraelPeled >
In this course we discuss the mulifaceted cultural exchanges that have taken place between individuals and groups in Palestine/Israel from the 1880s to the present. We consider how the different phases of the historical process have found their expression in literature, film, photography, the media, arts and crafts, and visual culture, on both sides of the Jewish-Palestine divide.
World Contemporary ArchitectureLi >
As the construction of cities redistributes its activities across the world in the twenty-first century, this course considers the ways in which architecture and architects are changed by a complex shifting field of forces. These forces include critical and ethical discourses, digital media, global finance and trade, developments in materials science, environmental awareness, and geo-political strategies.
Alexander Calder and Modern ArtTurner >
This Calder lecture class will explore the professional and social context for one of the most successful modern sculptors in the twentieth century. Students will examine the range and depth of sources of Calder's invention including paintings, sculpture, drawings, jewelry, and monumental sculpture, as well as the artist's lifestyle and connections with the avant-garde.
Monuments of Japanese ArtWong >
The 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.
Degas: Present/PastBetzer >
This colloquium examines critical aspects of the life and work of Edgar Degas (1834-1917) with special attention paid to important recent scholarship and exhibitions devoted to the artist. Long embraced as a radical innovator and modernist visionary, Degas poses challenges to the heroic narratives of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art. How have Degas's ties to art's 'past' featured in accounts that stress his modernity, the novelty of his vision, and the innovations of his artistic practice? Key issues for investigation will include: Degas's relationship to the female nude, his art collection, his relationship to reproductive technologies of printmaking and photography, his "scientific" vision, and his study of the body in motion.
Pagans and ChristiansKondyli >
This seminar explores the interaction between pagans and Christians in the Late Roman Empire (2nd- 6th c AD). We will study both pagan and Christian monuments and examine their role in the transformation of Late Roman cities, and in shifting sacred topographies. We will also focus on Christian attitudes towards pagan monuments to explore the impact of pagan art and architecture in the making of Christian masterpieces.
Chinese ArtWong >
The course is a survey of the major epochs of Chinese art from pre-historic to the modern period. The course intends to familiarize students with the important artistic traditions developed in China: ceramics, bronzes, funerary art and ritual, Buddhist art, painting, and garden architecture. It seeks to understand artistic form in relation to technology, political and religious beliefs, and social and historical contexts, with focus on the role of the state or individuals as patrons of the arts. It also introduces the major philosophic and religious traditions (Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism) that have shaped cultural and aesthetic ideals, Chinese art theories, and the writings of leading scholars.
Independent study in the history of art.
Art History: Theory and PracticeBetzer >
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. Students in this class must also enroll for the library lab. Prerequisite: Major or minor in art history.
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.
Art and MythBarolsky >
In this seminar we will explore the ways in which artists of the modern period from the Renaissance to the present interpret ancient Greek and Roman myths. We will explore works by Botticelli, Correggio, Titian, Bernini, Rubens, Rembrandt, Boucher, Delacroix, Picasso, among many other artists who interpret these myths. Our principal mythological source will be Ovid's great book, "Metamorphoses."
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. We will also consider the changing markets for textiles, such as 'indiennes' made in Marseilles, Aleppo, and Manchester, and ceramics made in China for specifically for the vast markets in the Middle East, Holland, Mexico, and India.
New Towns of the Middle AgesLove >
Seven hundred towns built in one hundred and fifty one years. That's one new town every 81 days. This class will address the little-known phenomena of the planning and construction of "bastides"--new towns built during the 13th and 14th centuries in southwest France. Architecture, layout, symbolism and context will be our focus, and parallels in Italy, England, and Spain will also be addressed.
Medium Specificity in Theory and PracticeRobbins >
In 1940 the art critic Clement Greenberg resurrected Gotthold Lessing's 18th-century distinction between the temporal and spatial arts. Focusing on the expansion upon this idea since 1950, students will attend closely to the theoretical, historiographic and practical implications of the theory of medium specificity in the visual arts. Students will write a research paper tailored to their own particular research interests.
Architecture and the Christian TraditionNelson >
The Christian tradition has a long history of architectural thought & practice. This seminar explores both theological & idealogical texts about architecture & real spaces. As both designs & space of ritual performanace.
University Museums InternshipLove >
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.
Undergraduate Thesis Research
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.
This course aims to introduce the principal architects, monuments, and themes of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Italian architecture. The lectures will be varied in approach and scope, some considering broad issues, others focusing on particular architects, buildings, or texts. Special topics will include architectural theory, patronage, villas, gardens, architectural drawing, and urban design.