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Courses - Spring 2020
ARTH
Art History & Archaeology Department Site
ARTH200
Art and Society in Ancient and Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HA
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Examines the material culture and visual expressions of Mediterranean and European societies from early times until ca. 1300 CE, emphasizing the political, social, and religious context of the works studied, the relationships of the works to the societies that created them, and the interrelationship of these societies.
ARTH201
Art and Society in the West from the Renaissance to the Present
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HA
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Examines representative European and American works of art from the later Middle Ages to the present, highlighting the dynamic exchange between artistic and cultural traditions both within periods and across time.
ARTH230
Symbolic Images: The Theory and Practice of Iconography in European Art, 1400-1850
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Iconographic interpretation of visual narratives, signs and symbols has long been a topic of art-historical inquiry. In early modern European art, images were often conceived with the deliberate intent of posing a 'puzzle' or 'problem' for the beholder to solve; yet in most cases we have little or no evidence of how contemporary beholders solved such enigmas. Provides students with the opportunity to take command of these research methods and source materials, addressing a genuine iconographic problem, researching the relevant literature, identifying the essential primary source evidence, making contextually appropriate assumptions, and producing a valid result.
ARTH255
Art and Society in the Modern American World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HA, D
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Explores the origins and evolution of art in the modern American world, from the late colonial era to the present, comparing major artistic movements and their historical contexts. Considers the diversity of art across Latin America and the United States, and the ways in which artworks mediate social, ethnic, political, and national identities.
ARTH305
Archaeological Methods and Practice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHS
Prerequisite: ANTH240, ARTH200, or CLAS180.
Cross-listed with: ANTH305, CLAS305, JWST319Y.
Credit only granted for: ANTH305, ARTH305, CLAS305, or JWST319Y.
A team-taught, interdisciplinary course discussing theories, methods, and ethical issues in the practice of archaeology.
ARTH330
Seventeenth-Century European Art
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Painting, sculpture and architecture concentrating on Italy, Spain, France, and England.
ARTH350
Twentieth-Century Art to 1945
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ARTH201.
Painting, sculpture, and architecture in Europe and America from the late nineteenth century to the end of World War II.
ARTH359V
Film as Art; Seeing Through Film: How Film Means
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course explores how Hollywood entertainment films have meanings beyond their plots. Students will learn how to analyze the totality of a film and its context, how a film tells its story, as they explore the way directors use film form and film conventions to create films with multiple meanings, films that undermine their overt stories, films that critique film genres and star personae, films created out of other films , films that explicate philosophical ideas, and films that change meanings depending upon the culture and expectations of the audience.
ARTH386
Experiential Learning
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-Art History & Archaeology department.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher.
Supervised internship experience in diverse areas of art historical, archaeological, and museological work.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ARTH389A
Special Topics in Art History and Archaeology; The Art of Drawing: A Left and Right Brain Experience
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
ARTH389B
Special Topics in Art History and Archaeology; The Art of Color: A Left and Right Brain Experience
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
ARTH389D
Special Topics in Art History and Archaeology; Humanists on the Move
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Humanism was the intellectual movement that defined Europe s Renaissance. Originating in Italy, Humanism rapidly became a revolutionary way of thinking that crossed national boundaries, joining people in a common way of valuing humanity. Great figures as diverse as Leonardo da Vinci, Henry VIII, Isabella d Este, Martin Luther, Albrecht Durer and Copernicus were all humanists. This course uses digital methods to explore humanists as individuals who traveled, studied, argued, wrote, built andpainted within the humanist movement. Each student will take on a singlefigure, and will gather data on their movements and on their connectionsto other humanists. You will learn howto refine and visualize your data using digital tools like Palladio, OpenRefine, Gephi, and Cytoscape. We will also read and discuss originaltexts and visual artworks by many ofthese humanists.
ARTH389F
Special Topics in Art History and Archaeology; Classical Mythology in Renaissance Art (1400-1700)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
One of the most significant facets of the rebirth of antiquity during the early modern era was the renewed interest in the meaning of classical myths among philosophers, theologians, men of letters, and visual artists. The most influential classical authority throughout this period was the Roman poet Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) whose fifteen-book poem The Metamorphoses served as a veritable Pagan Bible for painters and poets alike. This course explores the ways in which thestories contained in this perpetual poem were represented in the European visualarts betwe en 1400 and 1700.
ARTH389J
Special Topics in Art History and Archaeology; Aztec to Inca: Art and Archaeology from the Ancient Americas
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This lecture course is a selective, historical survey of ancient art and architecture in in Mesoamerica and Andean America. The course examines the artistic advances in Mexico and Peru up to the Conquest of Mexico and Peru. The focus will include works created by the Olmec, Zapotec, Maya and Aztec people in Mesoamerica and the Chavin, Paracas, Moche and Inca cultures in Andean America.
ARTH488B
Colloquium in Art History; Representing the Other
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course offers a comparative and thematic approach to studying the representation of otherness in art and visual culture from the eighteenth century to the present. First, it works to expand the definition of otherness, which has come to mean non-white difference, to include ideasof sexuality, gender, and ability. Students will then consider the rolesthat ethnicity, nationality, and politics play in representations of otherness across various continents and chronologies.
ARTH488X
Colloquium in Art History; Contemporary Transnational Chinese Cinemas and Art
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as FILM429L.

Through critical screenings, viewings, readings, and discussions, we will examine cinemas and art by directors and artists in Greater China (PRC, Taiwan, Hong Kong), "cultural China," and the Chinese diaspora. Students will consider representative works by directors such as Ang Lee , Ann Hui, Chen Kaige, Feng Xiaogang, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Wong Kar-wai, and Zhang Yimou, and artists such as Ai Weiwei, Cao Fei, Gao Xingjian, Gu Wenda, and Xu Bing, as a way to cross-examine the concepts of the contemporary and the transnational.
ARTH489K
Special Topics in Art History; Art and the Museum World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Learn about ways in which you can use your fine arts and art history background in a variety of contexts - from museums and galleries to governmental and non-governmental art organizations. Our weekly meetings will address various professional paths including curatorial work, collection management and preservation, installation, and outreach programs that promote a more meaningful relationship between museums and their audiences.
ARTH489N
Special Topics in Art History; Can Art Museums be Decolonized? A History of Modern Art Dis play in America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Students will study how collectors, curators, patrons, artists and architects collaborated to display modern art from the late 19th century to the present, particularly in the United States. The course focuses on specific exhibitions and museums (for example the Phillips Collection, MoMA, Barnes Foundation, and Maryland Historical Society) to explore historical contexts for and theories of the display of art. Local museums will serve as an extension of our classroom as we analyze current exhibitions at the Renwick Gallery and the Phillips Collection to understand how museums function as spaces of knowledge building, identity formation, and politics. At the end of the course, we will study how artists have engaged with these spaces with site-specific art works and practices of institutional critique. As a final project, students will propose a new installation of a museum's permanent collection that reimagines what its works of art can do and what they can mean.
ARTH498
(Perm Req)
Directed Studies in Art History I
Credits: 2 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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ARTH499
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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ARTH708D
Seminar in Ancient Art and Archaeology; The Ancient Portrait
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
This seminar will engage issues of connoisseurship, iconography, iconology, and semantics in order to analyze and understand Egyptian, Greek, and Roman portraits in their ancient contexts. This course emphasizes the historical, religious, political, social, and cultural contexts of the works studied; the relationship of the works of art to the society that created them; and the interrelationships of these societies as seen through their material and visual culture.
ARTH758L
Seminar in American Art; Art and Visual Culture in the 1930's
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
How did artists respond to the economic, political, and social turmoil that defined the Great Depression era in the United States? How can art historians plumb the historically-specific meanings, possibilities and limits of media and materials in analyzing works of art and visual culture? Guided by these two questions, this seminar will explore artistic production in 1930s America. In addition to close analysis of traditional media such as painting and sculpture, we will consider the role of intermediality in thirties constructions like the photobook as well as unconventional materials soil, radio, pedagogy in defining the arts of the era. Throughout, we will question the explicit and implicit politics of works of art and elucidate the formations of race, class, gender, and sexuality that underpin them.
ARTH768A
Seminar in Latin American Art and Archaeology; Critical Historiographics of Latin American Modernism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
This seminar devotes itself to an historiographical study and appraisal of postwar Latin American art history, beginning at mid-century and continuing through the revisionist critiques of the present day.
ARTH779D
Seminar in Japanese Art; The Japanese Diaspora in America: Art, Race, Incarceration
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Artists from Japan practiced in the United States in the early twentieth -century despite racially based restrictions on immigration and exclusion from citizenship. Even under harsh conditions of racial discrimination, a surprising number of these artists attained professional success, at least before the Second World War and the Japanese-American Incarceration all but extinguished their practice. Today these Japanese artists are marginal figures or are largely forgotten, their artworks having fallen through the cracks of art historical study. Art History s long-entrenched approach to disciplinary categorization, which distinguishes "Asian art" and "Japanese art" from both "modern art" and "American art," works to perpetuate a racial bias against Asian artists who were active in the United States in the twentieth century, both before and after the war. In order to address this disciplinary problem, and on the occasion of the major exhibition "Obata Chiura, An American Modern" at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, this seminar aims to bring perspectives from multiple subfields to bear on the global nature of Japanese artists' practice in the American diaspora. We will assess the challenges and potential of such material to the discipline, and chart new strategies and methodsfor cholarship.
ARTH798
(Perm Req)
Directed Graduate Studies in Art History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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ARTH799
(Perm Req)
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
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ARTH898
(Perm Req)
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg
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ARTH899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
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