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FALL 2018

AHS 008/Topics in Art and Architectural History: Modern Western Visual Culture

CRN#: 22981
Meetings: Tuesday and Thursday, 2:10PM – 3:30PM
Place: ARTS 335

AHS 010S/ Topics in Art and Architecture: Native American Art History

CRN#: 26477
Meetings: Monday and Wednesday, 10:10AM – 11:30AM
Place: ARTS 335

AHS 017A/ Western Art: Prehistoric to Byzantine

Among the most fascinating and mysterious works of art of Western culture are those from the very beginnings of human civilization and the great cultures of ancient Egypt, the Middle East, Greece, and Rome. In a survey extending from the earliest painting, sculpture, and architecture of the prehistoric period to that of the final dissolution of Roman imperial power in the East in the fifteenth century (the Byzantine Empire), this class takes up the artistic, religious, social, and political factors that shaped the art of those great cultures.

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CRN#: 10008
Meetings: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 11:10AM – 12:00PM
Place: WAT 1000

AHS 027/ Art of Pre-Columbian America

CRN#: 26593
Meetings: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 2:10PM – 3:00PM
Place: WAT 1000

AHS 028/ Art & Architecture of Latin America

CRN#: 10019
Meetings: Tuesday and Thursday 12:40PM – 2:00PM
Place: ARTS 335

AHS 114/ History of Brazilian Art & Architecture

CRN#: 25625
Meetings: Tuesday and Thursday 9:40AM – 11:00AM
Place: ARTS 335

AHS 155/ Art at the Fall of the Roman Empire

The period from the artistic emergence of Early Christianity in the third century to the dissolution of the Roman Empire in the fifth is one of the most dramatic of Western European history. In taking up the religious, liturgical, social, and political factors in the shaping of medieval art, this course moves from the initial Christian resistance to art, to its gradual acceptance by a fledgling Christianity, to its adoption by a Church almost synonymous over-night with imperial authority–but a hollow authority, an authority which in the struggle between Christian, pagan, and barbarian demands would culminate in its own implosion and the almost complete destruction of Western civilization.

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CRN#: 25626
Meetings: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 12:10PM – 1:00PM
Place: ARTS 335

AHS 167/ Europe in the Early Modern World

CRN#: 26702
Meetings: Monday and Wednesday 1:10PM – 2:30PM
Place: ARTS 335

AH 182/ Visual Art/Theory after 1945

CRN#: 25627
Meetings: Tuesday and Thursday 11:10AM – 12:30PM
Place: ARTS 335

AHS 186/ Media & Movements

CRN#: 25646
Meetings: Tuesday and Thursday 3:40PM – 5:00PM
Place: INTN 1006

AHS 192/ Junior/Senior Seminar

CRN#: 10037
Meetings: Wednesday 10:10AM – 1:00PM
Place: ARTS 333


AHS 251A/ Proseminar in Historiography

‘Methods of art history, just like pictures, can be dated. This is by no means a depreciation of pictures or methods — just banal historical fact.’ (F. Antal)
This seminar examines the historical foundations of art history through readings of its formative texts. The idea is to jump right in to the key debates that have defined our understanding of artworks and visual expression in the Western Tradition from antiquity onward. The course will begin by dissecting core writings on art, aesthetics and meaning by early philosophers and historians. We will then consider how these ideas enabled the codification of art history as a humanistic discipline during the nineteenth century and fueled its further refinement in the early twentieth. Rather than conceptualizing art history as a series of separate and distinct approaches, we will instead trace a few durable concerns have shaped its practice. Centrally, the seminar will interrogate an essential complementarity in art history: that artworks exist simultaneously as objects of living encounter and artifacts of historical meaning. Our purpose lies in examining how foundational thinkers balanced a desire to conceptualize the aesthetics of art (in the ancient Greek sense of “relating to perception by the senses”) with the need to place such expressive efforts in relationship to history.

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CRN#: 10044
Meetings: Wednesday 1:10PM – 4:00PM
Place: ARTS 333

AHS 274/ Seminar in 17th/18th Century Art

CRN#: 25628
Meetings: Thursday 1:10PM – 4:00PM
Place: ARTS 333

AHS 280/ Seminar in Research

CRN#: 10045
Meetings: Monday 2:10PM – 5:00PM
Place: ARTS 333

Winter 2019

AHS 7/ World Art

This course is an introduction to the artistic achievements of the world’s cultures and to the ways in which they can be viewed. It provides students with a sound understanding of major art
works from all ages and corners of the world, and the theoretical concepts and historical circumstances to which they owe their existence. We ask questions such as: What is art? What is an artist? How has their perception changed over time? What is an image? Why does art exist? What is ‘world art’? Why do we study art history?

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CRN#: 43030
Meetings: Mondays and Wednesdays 9:40AM – 11:00AM
Place: ARTS 335

AHS 17B/ Western Art: Medieval to Renaissance

This is an introductory survey of art created in the period from the end of the Roman and Byzantine empires through the Renaissance. In this course, we will consider works of art from a number of different art historical approaches. We’ll examine the stylistic characteristics of paintings, sculpture and architecture using visual analysis and we’ll also discuss how the historical and cultural contexts in which the works were created influenced their creation, reception, and interpretation. Topics we’ll discuss include the emergence of Christian art, the influence of the cathedral and abbey in Western Europe, the rise of art academies and the significance of humanism in Renaissance Italy.

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CRN#: 30012
Meetings: Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:10AM – 12:30PM
Place: WAT 1000

AHS 21/ Introduction to Architecture & Urbanism: Suburbia

What is suburbia? What is the history of the freeway, subdivision, and the mall? How did our environment come to look this way? Is there culture in this apparently endless series of highways, housing developments and strip malls? This course will answer these questions and will look at the architecture, urban form, and culture of suburbia. Through discussions, short papers and field trips, we will uncover the origins of this familiar landscape.
This course meets the College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences breadth requirement in Fine Arts.

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CRN#: 45036
Meetings: Mondays and Wednesdays 12:40PM – 2:00PM
Place: ARTS 335

AHS 147/ Art of Greece

For over two thousands years, the basis of Western artistic culture had been the art of ancient Greece. In taking up the artistic, religious, social, and political factor which shaped the art of this great culture, this course focuses on the role of the city-state in the formation of Greek painting, sculpture, and architecture from the earliest days to the loss of freedom of the Greek city-states under Alexander the Great.

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CRN#: 41117
Meetings: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 11:10AM – 12:00PM
Place: ARTS 335

AHS 168/ British Art and Design

Between 1660 and 1820 Britain saw remarkable changes in its political, cultural and economic life and the shift towards what might be described as a modern society. Along with the emergence of public urban spaces, new modes of polite sociability and innovations in manufacture and design went an expansion of the market for art and luxury goods in Britain and the Empire. This course will explore these developments by examining in an historical context a range of examples of art and design in different materials, either produced or consumed by this ‘polite and commercial people’. Among the works we shall look at are paintings by Hogarth and Turner, sculpture by Rysbrack and Canova, silver by immigrant Huguenot goldsmiths, ceramics by Wedgwood, and ivory furniture imported from India.

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CRN#: 45033
Meetings: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:40AM – 11:00AM
Place: ARTS 335

AHS 175/ Late 19th C American Art

CRN#: 45041
Meetings: Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:10AM – 12:30PM
Place: ARTS 335

AHS 192/ Jr/Sr Seminar

CRN#: 41569
Meetings: Thursdays 1:00PM – 4:00PM
Place: ARTS 333


AHS 251B/ Proseminar in Methodology

CRN#: 30042
Meetings: Tuesdays 2:10PM – 5:00PM
Place: ARTS 333

AHS 277/ Twentieth-Century Art

20th-century Western art was largely shaped by a new kind of metropolitan life that changed its understand- ing as much as metropolitan life was shaped by a change of the former. This class will focus on one of the most vibrant centers of 20th-century urbanism, Berlin, and the many transitions it underwent: from a royal garrison town to the capital of the Weimar Republic to the center of Nazi Germany, and from a landmark of post-war agony and separation of East and West to a hub of globalization after the fall of the wall in 1989. We will study Berlin’s history as reflected in and driven by the city’s arts, architecture, music, dance, literature, and film. Visual analyses will go hand in hand with the discussion of classical readings on “mass culture” by Gustave Le Bon, Georg Simmel, Louis Wirth, Siegfried Kracauer, and others.

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CRN#: 45034
Meetings: Mondays 2:10PM – 5:00PM
Place: ARTS 333

AHS 283/ Photography Theory

In the first decades of the 20th century, photography became the object of theory under the critical eye of Walter Benjamin, and by the 1970s and 80s, he was joined by a host of voices variously attempting to pin down the ontology of photography, or to dismantle firm designations and definitions in favor of a set of interpretive tools sensitive to the vagaries of history and the open-endedness of the medium. This seminar will make critical and comparative analyses of a selection of central theories of photography, with emphasis on those theories that have had the most lasting impact on photographic production, criticism and history, or texts that hold promise for future interpretation, given the current direction of contemporary photography. Reading will include Benjamin, Barthes, Flusser, Azoulay and Rancière.

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CRN#: 45035
Meetings: Wednesdays 2:10PM – 5:00PM
Place: ARTS 333

AHS 285/ Getty Consortium

CRN#: 46219
Meetings: TBD