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Courses - Spring 2024
ARTH
Art History & Archaeology Department Site
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05/19/2024 at 10:30 PM
ARTH200
Art and Society in Ancient and Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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.
ARTH260
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU or DSSP, SCIS
Can art effect social change? How may we use the history of radical and avant-garde art to inform present-day movements and models of artistic and creative activism? This course explores the modern and contemporary history of political art and arts activism on local, national, and global scales.
ARTH261
Monuments, Monumentality, and the Art of Memorial
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP, SCIS
Why do societies create monuments? And why do they preserve and destroy, change and remove them? How do monuments embody cultural values, shape historical narratives, and become sites of mourning and memory? This course investigates the political and cultural work of monuments across time and space, from the ancient world to European empires to the contemporary United States. The issues we consider include intercultural exchange and religious contexts, race and representation, and appropriation and iconoclasm.
ARTH292
Discovering Japan: How the Arts Shaped a Nation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Explores the origins and creation of Japan from ancient to contemporary times through East Asian and European exchange. Acquaints students with painting, sculpture, architecture, ceramics, gardens, and other art forms in relation to the various cultural contexts within which they were produced and used.
ARTH301
Aegean Art and Archaeology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Sites and monuments of painting, sculpture, architecture, and the minor arts of Crete, the Cycladic islands, and the Greek mainland from the earliest times to the downfall of the Mycenaean empire.
ARTH324
Leonardo's World: Art and Experience in Renaissance Italy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Painting, sculpture, architecture, and the decorative arts of the sixteenth century in Italy.
ARTH357
History of Photography
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: ARTH357 or ARTH457.
An exploration of the historical, social, aesthetic, and technological developments of the photographic medium and its relationship to other modes of visual representation in the creation of the modern world.
ARTH359C
Film as Art; Steven Soderbergh and Hollywood: Form, Business and History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Focus will be placed on the films of Steven Soderbergh and the reconsidering of film forms and media for storytelling within changing business and distribution models. Soderbergh is the focus because of his reworking ofgenres of film (German Expressionism, Film Noir, New Wave, Independent, Experimental, Art, Documentary, Melodrama, Dogma, Hollywood Blockbuster, the Remake), explorations of media (Television Drama, Reality Programming, Direct to Video, Film, Streaming) and professional roles (Writer, Director, Actor, Producer, Collaborator). Soderbergh's work will be considered in the context of his Independent film contemporaries.
ARTH361
American Art from Civil War to Civil Rights
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Explores diverse artistic movements and makers in the United States, beginning at the end of the Civil War in 1865 and concluding with the art of Civil Rights era in the 20th century. We will ask how the visual arts construct and challenge formations of race, class, gender, and citizenship in the context of political transformations and social movements over a century of US history. This course emphasizes the practice of close looking as we encounter works art across a range of media--photography, painting, sculpture, film, material culture, performance art and public art.
ARTH376
Living Art of Africa
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Art styles among the segmentary, centralized, and nomadic people of Africa. The iconography and function of their art and its relationship to their various societies, cults and ceremonies.
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.
ARTH389U
Special Topics in Art History and Archaeology; Contemporary Art: Views from Asia
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
From biennials, to fairs, to exhibitions in white-cube galleries, the same institutional forms of contemporary art are found all over the world. But does that mean that contemporary art is truly global? This course answers that question by examining the ways that art from Asia is exhibited, both in and outside of that region. Alongside this focus on exhibit ion, the course covers some of the key artistic movements and artists from countries in the region from 1989 to the present. The course does not offer a comprehensive view of this vast area of the world, but rather a survey of the field through the work of key scholars and critics and crucial events. Students learn to navigate the art world, at least digitally, which is a crucial set of skills for research on contemporary art. Students will complete an individual guided research project on a prominent artist from the region as well as a collaborative curatorial proposal.
ARTH391
Transnational Chinese Cinema
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Cross-listed with: CINE335.
Credit only granted for: ARTH391 or CINE335.
Chinese cinema has made a big impact on contemporary world film culture. This course will introduce students to the films directed by some of the most representative filmmakers working in different geopolitical locations (mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong) and the Chinese diaspora. The films of these directors, in a spectrum of genres, themes, and styles, have inspired global scholarship, not only in visual culture and cinema, but also in the study of women's issues, gender and ethnic studies, as well as the fields of adaptation and intermedia studies. Students will explore these films in their socio-historical and artistic contexts, considering the influences and innovations that have shaped them and analyzing their reception by audiences and critics. After reading about the films they view, and participating in class discussions, students will be ready to complete their analytical written assignments, for which they will critically examine the films by applying key concepts such as gender, sexuality, race, gaze, style, representation, power, diaspora, etc.
ARTH428C
(Perm Req)
Selected Topics in Art History; Visual Histories of the Black Atlantic
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Taking Paul Gilroy's conception of the "Black Atlantic" as our touchstone, this course explores visual and material histories of the Atlantic World in the long nineteenth century.
ARTH428E
(Perm Req)
Selected Topics in Art History; Nihonga and Neo-traditionalism: What is Japanese about Japanese Art?
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course investigates modern dimensions of globality--globalism, modernism, colonialism, and imperialism, among others--through the lens of nihonga, the so-called native tradition within modern Japanese painting. We will consider how, in a global context based on uneven relations of power, generations of contemporary artists navigated conceptions of history and geography--as well as race and ethnicity--in their artworks, sometimes in response to Japan's unusual status as an empire on the periphery. Close attention will be paid to the materials and facture of objects as well as their reception by multiple audiences.
ARTH428X
(Perm Req)
Selected Topics in Art History; The Nomadic Artist in the Chinese Diaspora
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Critical but contested concepts such as nation, migration, displacement, exile, homeland, mobility, transculturalization, citizenship, cosmopolitanism, and hybridity are investigated by studying nomadic, journeying, wandering artists in the Chinese diaspora in Southeast Asia,Oceania, and Euro-America. Artists to be studied include Ai Weiwei, Cai Guoqiang, Huang Yao, Kim Lim, Maya Lin, I. M. Pei, and Xu Bing.
ARTH488O
Colloquium in Art History; Living, Lodging, Dwelling
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Students will explore the different types of living spaces in early modern England, who lived in them, and how those people utilized the spaces they inhabited. We will also collect data on surviving Tudor houses and their preservation status.
ARTH488P
Colloquium in Art History; Tender Heroes: The Plight of Children in the Arts
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This undergraduate colloquium addresses a pervasive and perhaps disturbing theme in the history of western European art: The portrayal of narratives in which an infant or a small child is threatened with harm or death but then is miraculously saved at the height of the drama. Recovered through humanistic research into classical art and literature, and likewise encountered in Judaeo-Christian scripture, this thematic paradigm was especially common in 17th- through 19th -century Europe, and is still reflected in today's popular media including television and film. Colloquium participants will explore this theme, surveying its elaboration in the visual and literary arts, and developing theories about its origin, affective power and contextual purposes.
ARTH498
(Perm Req)
Directed Studies in Art History I
Credits: 2 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ARTH499
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ARTH698
(Perm Req)
ARTH758B
Seminar in American Art; Visual Histories of the Black Atlantic
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Taking Paul Gilroy's conception of the "Black Atlantic" as our touchstone, this course explores visual and material histories of the Atlantic World in the long nineteenth century.
ARTH778C
Seminar in Chinese Art; The Nomadic Artist in the Chinese Diaspora
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Critical but contested concepts such as nation, migration, displacement, exile, homeland, mobility, transculturalization, citizenship, cosmopolitanism, and hybridity are investigated by studying nomadic, journeying, wandering artists in the Chinese diaspora in Southeast Asia,Oceania, and Euro-America. Artists to be studied include Ai Weiwei, Cai Guoqiang, Huang Yao, Kim Lim, Maya Lin, I. M. Pei, and Xu Bing.
ARTH779A
Seminar in Japanese Art; Nihonga and Neo-traditionalism: What is Japanese about Japanese Art?
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
This course investigates modern dimensions of globality--globalism, modernism, colonialism, and imperialism, among others--through the lens of nihonga, the so-called native tradition within modern Japanese painting. We will consider how, in a global context based on uneven relations of power, generations of contemporary artists navigated conceptions of history and geography--as well as race and ethnicity--in their artworks, sometimes in response to Japan's unusual status as an empire on the periphery. Close attention will be paid to the materials and facture of objects as well as their reception by multiple audiences.
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: S-F
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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: S-F
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