In the wake of the white-supremacist terrorism of August 11-13, we wish to highlight and paraphrase some of the comments of Ian Baucom, Dean of Arts and Sciences:
Be assured that the Art Department remains a space where all can pursue the dialogue that counters the lies of racism, anti-semitism, homophobia, and nativism.
We are prepared to stand up for and support those who have been singled out as targets for hatred. The courage of free thought opposing cowardice and bigotry endures and persists here despite violence.



Course offerings, Spring 2018

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.

arah 9505
Problems in Roman Art and Archaeology
Dobbins >

This seminar 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.

arah 9525
Connoisseurship of Prints and Drawings
Goedde > Working with original works of art in the collections of the Fralin Art Museum, this seminar explores the fundamental issues of the history, connoisseurship, evaluation, and care of prints and drawings from about 1450 to 1850. Each student presents in class four reports on individual drawings or prints. These reports are also revised and submitted as five-to-seven-page research catalogue entries for the Museum curatorial files.

arah 9545
History, Modernity, Indigeneity
Skerritt > By the 1990s, a growing number of theorists had begun to recognize that the changed cultural conditions associated with globalization had created new models for imagining the world in which we live. Far from encouraging homogeneity, these new conditions have seen the seen the rise of powerful counter-forces including post-colonial and indigenous movements across the globe. Using the world-class holdings of Aboriginal Australian art at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, this course will attempt to position Indigenous art within broader philosophical, political and cultural frames. It will seek to critically interrogate the stakes of situating Indigenous arts within discourses of modernity and contemporaneity, while working towards a sharper understanding of our global contemporary condition. A key component of the course will be the opportunity to test the theoretical ideas raised in the seminar through an exhibition and public program at the Kluge-Ruhe.

arah 9575
American Art and the City
Higginbotham > The development of an American art engaged with the urban environment has expanded dramatically the critical and methodological boundaries of the field. Yet, throughout the twentieth century, the concept of the city has routinely triggered anxieties over issues concerning transgression, marginality, access, and appropriation. Through an examination of painting, prints, photography, and film from the late 19th to the late 20th centuries, this graduate seminar will consider "the city" as a problematic subject, a frequent resource and a politically significant site of American art production. We will explore topics such as public space, urbanity as performance, slum and ghetto culture, suburban-ism, and the ways in which identity politics of "the city" affect and inflect representational practices in American art. We will pay particular attention to critical texts concerned with urban culture as well as other primary documents from film, literature, and the mainstream press.