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Undergraduate Course Descriptions

A group of graduates student rare books at Winterthur.

Professor Wendy Bellion took undergraduates in her "Research & Methodologies" course to the Winterthur Museum to study highlights of the Rare Books and Joseph Downs Ephemera collections during a field trip in fall 2019. (Photograph by Wendy Bellion)

Visual Culture
3 credits
Explores the ways we make, perceive, and experience images and artifacts. Students will hone their skills in seeing, analyzing historical models, and critically engaging in discussions of visual art and material cultures in selected eras and civilizations around the world.

Monuments and Methods in the History of Art
3 credits
Painting, sculpture, and architecture studied as artistic and cultural expressions of their times. Emphasis on selected major artists, monuments, and methods of analysis.

Myth, Religion, and Art
3 credits
An introduction to the study of mythical and religious images, types, attributes, and symbols on a comparative basis from many ages throughout the world. Includes representations of deities, heroes, and heroines, as well as images with supernatural powers and satirical images.

Introduction to Art History: Pyramids to Cathedrals
3 credits
Survey of art and architecture from the ancient world through the Middle Ages studied in historical and cultural contexts. Topics include: Egyptian pyramids, ancient Greek and Roman monuments, and medieval manuscripts and cathedrals.

Introduction to Art History: Renaissance to Modern
3 credits
Art and architecture from 1300 to the present studied in historical and cultural context. Topics include art and illusion, the altarpiece, portraiture, the nude, print culture, the changing image of the artist, photography, Impressionism, art and politics, Pop Art, and performance.
RESTRICTIONS: Usually offered in Spring semester.

Rome: From Caesar to Fellini
3 credits
Investigates Rome from antiquity to the twentieth century focusing on art and architecture, archaeology, film, literature, urban planning, law, social history, religion, and politics.

Rulers' Images: Antiquity to the Present
3 credits
Detailed study of selected rulers from Alexander the Great to American presidents, as presented in both visual and textual sources. Analyze widely differing historical rulers and sources. Explore methods of analysis and interpretive strategies applicable to the images of modern rulers.

History of Architecture
3 credits
Survey of major buildings and settlement patterns as cultural expressions, ranging from antiquity to the present day. Lectures contextualize architectural and urban achievements in social, economic, political, religious, and technological terms.

Architecture in Global Contexts
3 credits
Concepts of architecture, with case studies drawn from various world regions ranging from prehistoric times to the present. Understanding the role of architecture in human society and how it has shaped humankinds. Study of physical and cultural dimensions of architecture in different parts of the world and learn how to place their varieties in global contexts.

World Architecture
3 credits
"World Architecture" surveys patterns of architecture and settlement from around the world and from prehistory to last Friday. Lectures link monuments, landscapes and urban plans from major traditions with a series of themes to highlight cultural differences in the formation of the built environment.

Special Problem
1-3 credits

Hipsters in Headdresses: Native American Art in Popular Culture
3 credits
Princess Pocahontas, Washington Redskins, Jeep Cherokee: What makes images of Native Americans so popular yet controversial? Examines past and present representations in United States and global popular culture.

Studies in World Art and Architecture
3 credits
​Monuments and artworks of the world, studied in a comparative and/or cross-cultural perspective. Topics highlight global cultural diversity in the history of art and architecture.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit twice when topics vary.

Topics in Art History
3 credits
An introduction to great artists and their masterpieces. Topics change with each time of offering. Specific topics may focus on a crucial moment in history, or on a particular theme explored throughout the ages.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit twice when topics vary.

Introduction to Museums
3 credits
Introduction to the history, operations and future of museums, historic sites, archives and related cultural organizations. Examines collecting and collection management, conservation of collections, exhibition development, public programs and museum education, and digital outreach. Museum careers and volunteer engagement are explored.
Cross-listed with MSST203 and HIST203.

Biblical and Classical Literature
3 credits
Study of Greek, Roman, and Biblical literatures, set in their mythical, historical and cultural contexts, introducing appropriate critical concepts.
Cross-listed with ENGL202, LLCU202, and JWST202.

Art of the Black and African Diaspora
3 credits
Through the art and architecture of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, introduces the art of African Heritage peoples after the early fifteenth century and indicates what connects them (and what separates them) in terms of subject matter, style, representational mode, and critique.

Architecture and Power in Africa
3 credits
Explores architecture in Africa as a representation both of political power and social/religious complexity. Architecture's relationship to art forms a component of course content. Always regionally focused, lectures vary by semester among these five zones: West Africa and the Maghreb, the Sahel (West Africa and East Africa), East Africa and the Nile Valley, Southern Africa, and Central Africa.
Cross-listed with AFRA203.

Science and the Detection of Art Forgeries
3 credits
Concepts from many scientific disciplines are useful for interpreting works of art. Analytical techniques based on those concepts often reveal art forgeries. Case studies will use basic scientific principles to investigate a wide variety of known or alleged art forgeries.

Introduction to Art and Architecture in Africa
3 credits
Explores the art history of the African continent from before Antiquity to the twenty-first century, surveying a diversity of media including rock art, sculpture, painting, and photography. Traverses the vastness of Africa's ethnic, historical, and climatic richness thematized in terms of African comologies, divinatory practices, histories of state formation, concepts of ancestry, colonialism, slavery, sensuality, revolution, and performance.

Art of Ancient Egypt and the Near East
3 credits
Survey of the art and architecture of ancient Egypt and the Near East. Emphasis on the relationship of art to religion, politics, and ritual. Topics include Egyptian pyramids and the after-life, images of kings and the art of propaganda, and art in the service of religion.

Greek and Roman Art
3 credits
Introduction to the art and architecture of ancient Greece and Italy. Emphasis on the meanings of art in political, religious, and social contexts in the cities of Athens, Rome, and Pompeii. Topics include the ancient Olympic Games, funerary monuments, and everyday life.

Early Medieval Art: 200-1000 A.D.
3 credits
Painting, sculpture, and architecture in Europe and the Near East. Surveys the earliest Christian art as well as Byzantine, Early Islamic, Anglo-Saxon, and Carolingian art.

Later Medieval Art: 1000-1400 A.D.
3 credits
Painting, sculpture, and architecture of the Christian world, treating later Byzantine, Romanesque, and Gothic artistic traditions in their historical and cultural contexts. Development of a distinctively European art and society.

Art of the Northern Renaissance
3 credits
Covers late medieval devotional images to the art of the early modern cities (1400-1570), especially in the Netherlands and Germany. Special emphasis on Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden, Albrecht Dürer, and Pieter Bruegel.

Renaissance Art in a Global Perspective: The 1400s
3 credits
Surveys the main artistic developments and cross-cultural exchanges in fifteenth-century European art and architecture. Topics include: the Search for Antiquity; Naturalism and Illusion; Guilds and Workshops; Humanism and the Arts; Public and Private Devotions; Courtly Magnificence; the Peripatetic Artist; and Looking East.

Renaissance Art in a Global Perspective: The 1500s
3 credits
Surveys the main artistic developments and cross-cultural exchanges in sixteenth-century European art. Topics include: the Splendors of Rome; the Crisis of the Image; Imitation and Competition; New Artistic Genres; the Genius of the Artist; Courtly Collectors; and the Age of Discovery.

Art of the Italian Renaissance
3 credits
Surveys major artistic centers, personalities, and stylistic trends in Italy from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century. Special emphasis on Giotto, Donatello, Mantegna, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian. Painting and sculptures discussed in relation to techniques, systems of production, patronage, and crucial historical events.

Baroque Art
3 credits
Seventeenth-century European painting, sculpture, and architecture in its social-historical context. Emphasis on such major artists as Caravaggio, Bernini, Rubens, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Poussin, and Velasquez. Discussion of the rise of genre, still-life, and landscape painting, as well as the role of patronage.

Eighteenth-Century Art
3 credits
Examines major trends and artists in eighteenth-century European painting, sculpture, and architecture in the framework of the social, ideological, and cultural currents of the time. Artists such as Watteau, Hogarth, Blake, Chardin, Canova, David, and Goya.

Modern Art: The 19th Century
3 credits
Art, architecture, and visual culture, 1785-1900, including Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, and Symbolism, and topics such as the city, landscape, world's fairs, colonialism, changing concepts of vision, new technologies, and new mediums (prints, photography, posters, early cinema).

Modern Art since 1900
3 credits
Modern art from 1900 to the present considered globally and studied in its social and historical context, including painting, collage, sculpture, photography, performance, installation, institutional critique, and time-based media.

Contemporary Art
3 credits
Explores recent art and artists from around the world, investigating socio-historical forces and effects of contemporary modes of production, distribution, and consumption within the art market. New artistic practices like installation, new media, and performance are studied along with traditional media.

American Art to 1900
3 credits
Painting, printmaking, architecture, sculpture, photography, and the decorative arts of North America from the earliest colonial settlements through the late nineteenth century. American art examined in the light of its political and social contexts, cultural diversity, and circulation through the Atlantic World.

Twentieth-Century American Art
3 credits
Twentieth-century arts of the United States, studied within transnational and global contexts. Surveys issues including the rise of modernism and postmodernism; cultural nationalism and the "usable past"; Abstract Expressionism, Pop, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, performance art, environmental art, and activist art.

Art of Latin America
3 credits
Survey of art and architecture in Latin America from pre-Hispanic times to the twenty-first century. Emphasis on the interaction between native traditions and imported ideas, particularly in relationship to religion, politics, and daily life.

Art and Architecture in China
3 credits
Through examination of art, architecture, and archaeology, approaches China as an historical and cultural unit. Emphasis on archeological sites, artifacts, art objects, and architecture in China, with additional materials from nearby regions. Thematic coverage of Chinese history, from neolithic sites to buildings in the twentieth century. Interdisciplinary approach.

Arts of the Islamic World
3 credits
Formation and diffusion of a distinctive artistic tradition from the eighth to the sixteenth century. Considers architecture, painting, metalwork, and other media, especially in the Mediterranean world and western Asia.

Art of Tibet
3 credits
Survey of Tibetan art including sculpture, paintings, textiles, jewelry, ritual objects, architecture, and ephemeral art. Emphasis on relationship of art to religious and philosophical tenets of Buddhist and Bon-po traditions, development of regional styles in Tibet, and artistic connections to northern India, Nepal, and China.

Islamic Architecture of Africa: Cairo to Timbuktu
3 credits
​A survey of architectural dialogues in and across the Sahara (North and West Africa) in the 9th through the 20th centuries. Includes introduction to philosophical texts and to Muslim travelers' memoirs in relation to buildings as congregations of space and visual representation.

Art and Architecture of Europe
3-12 credits
Primary focus on painting, sculpture, and architecture in Europe from the Romanesque to the Modern eras. Subject matter determined by country in which overseas program is conducted.
RESTRICTIONS: Offered only in conjunction with a study abroad program. May be repeated for credit three times when topics vary.

Woman as Image and Imagemaker
3 credits
Analyzes the depiction of women in art from prehistory to the present in light of recent feminist studies. Topics correspond with particular periods in history. Each class includes a brief discussion of women artists and their works.
Cross-listed with WOMS242.

Design and the Decorative Arts
3 credits
Introduction to the design histories and decorative arts of American and European cultures from the 18th century to the present. Examines the historical emergence of design styles (from Chippendale to modern) and forms (such as furniture, ceramics, and craft) while exploring histories of production, consumption, and circulation through global trade and cultural networks. Field trips to area museums may be required.
Cross-listed with MCST243.

American Architecture
3 credits
Survey of American architecture from the colonial period to the present day. Lectures and assignments balance cultural themes with detailed discussion of masterworks of American architecture and urbanism.

No Reservations: Native North American Art
3 credits
From Tlingit dances set to hip-hop music, to Chumash baskets shaped like teapots, this course will introduce students to dynamic, diverse, and ever-changing Native North American art. Examine artwork from the American Southwest to the Arctic accross five centuries, focusing on the challenges that arise as objects, symbols, and ideas move between makers, cultures, and institutions over time.

African American Art
3 credits
Survey of the fine arts produced by people of African descent in the United States. Explores issues regarding identity and aesthetics with a focus on their negotiation of the art world given its history of racial exclusion.
PREREQ: ARTH230 or ARTH231 are highly recommended.
Cross-listed with AFRA248.

Art and Architecture in Context
3 credits
Painting, sculpture, and architecture studied as artistic and cultural expressions of their times.
RESTRICTIONS: Taught only in Study Abroad Program. May be repeated for credit three times when topics vary.

Photographies, 1800-2000
3 credits
Thematic introduction to the history and theory of photography from 1800 to the late twentieth century. Themes include: photography's invention, global proliferation and cultural and social impact; photographic processes and materials; photographic archiving and metadata; photography's commercial, anthropological, scientific, industrial, geographic, journalistic, administrative, vernacular, and artistic applications. Considers role of photography in formation and maintenance of national, cultural, and individual identity and personhood.

Studio in the Materials and Techniques of Drawing in the West
3 credits
Lecture-studio presentation on materials and tools, supports and techniques of wet and dry media drawing in the West from about the year 1400 to the present. Topics include the development and manufacture of paper, pens, brushes, inks, watercolor paint, charcoal, metal points, graphite pencils, natural and fabricated chalks, crayons, pastels, erasers and fixatives. Studio reconstructions of masterworks, lectures and library research.
Cross-listed with ARTC280.

Global Modernism
3 credits
Surveys the twentieth-century development of modern architecture in various Western and non-Western countries around the world. Emphasis on the encounter of new materials and methods of construction with more traditional techniques, and the symbolic use of architecture to articulate political and cultural identities.

Modern Architecture
3 credits
Introduction to architecture of modern periods. Focuses from the eighteenth century to the present. Examines classical texts, rising ideas, and major debates in the field of modern architecture, and explores various connotations of modernity and modernism that have emerged during the past three hundred years around the world. Interdisciplinary approach.

Research and Methodology in Art History
3 credits
Methods and major approaches to advanced art historical study, together with the practical aspects of research and work in art historical professions, such as education, historic preservation, museums, and galleries. Experience with original works of art.

Prints and Society
3 credits
A social history of prints and printmaking techniques, focusing on such major printmakers as Dürer, Rembrandt, Piranesi, Goya, Daumier, and Picasso. Topics include the role of woodcuts in popular culture, political and satirical prints, posters and advertising, and the connoisseurship of original prints.

Art of the Iberian World, 1400-1800
3 credits
The art of Spain and its New World territories from the 15th to the 18th centuries. Emphasis on the negotiation between different artistic and religious traditions in both the Iberian Peninsula (Christian, Muslim, and Jewish) and the Spanish and Portuguese colonies in the Americas (European, African, and Native American). Topics vary. Examples: Art and Religion in the Iberian World; Art and Conquest in the Iberian World; Art of the Spanish Renaissance.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit once when topics vary.

Northern Baroque Art: The Age of Rubens, Rembrandt, and Vermeer
3 credits
Painting, printmaking, and art theory in 17th-century Holland and Flanders in social and historical context. Examines the rise of landscape, genre, and portraiture, the nature of Dutch realism, the social role of the artist, art and theater, and the impact of religion on art.

Italian Baroque Art: Metaphor and Marvel
3 credits
Painting, sculpture, and architecture from the time of Caravaggio and the Carracci to Bernini and Cortona. Examines topics such as the Counter-Reformation and its impact on the arts, the rise of naturalism and illusionism, the design process and the function of drawings, theatricality and rhetoric.

Monet to Picasso: Art in France, 1860-1910
3 credits
Art and visual culture in France, 1860-1910. Topics include Impressionism, Symbolism, the avant-garde, women artists, public art, bohemianism, exhibitions, colonialism, primitivism, mass culture, photography, and early cinema. Artists include Manet, Monet, Cézanne, Morisot, Seurat, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Vuillard, Bonnard, Rodin, Matisse, and Picasso.

The Role of the Artist in Society
3 credits
Explores changing ideas of the artist from medieval craftsman and Renaissance courtier to Romantic genius and modern revolutionary. Topics include self-portraiture, notions of artistic temperament and genius, women artists, and artists' changing relations with their clients.

Women, Society, and the Arts
3 credits
Focuses on the role of women in art and society throughout the ages. Interdisciplinary and feminist readings emphasize a variety of approaches. Topics vary. Examples: Women in Antiquity, Renaissance Women, etc.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit once when topics vary.
Cross-listed with WOMS311.

Seminar: Shops and Shopping
3 credits
Historical overview of the spaces and practices of shopping in Europe and North America.

Photography and Evidence
3 credits
Case studies in the history and theory of photography as a form of documentary proof and/or evidence in a wide variety of fields, including journalism, the sciences, the justice system, and foreign and domestic policy. We will consider the technical and cultural bases of photography's association with certainty and truthfulness and the many challenges, past and present, posed to the medium's evidentiary authority.

Photography in the United States
3 credits
Explores the cultural and scientific histories of photography in the United States beginning with the introduction of daguerreotype in 1839. Topics include photography and portraiture, Civil War, western exploration, Pictorialism, and early modernism. Emphasizes study and identification of original photographic materials through introduction to historic photographic processes and materials, such as the ambrotype, tintype, stereograph, and Pictorialist techniques of negative and print manipulation.

Photography since the 1970s: The Image World
3 credits
Select topics in the recent history of photography. Themes include photography, postmodernism, and contemporary art; photography and memory; contemporary photojournalism; the shift from analog to digital and smartphone photography; debates about documentary photography, ethics, and human rights; surveillance; photography, truth, and fiction; photography, artificial intelligence, and machine learning; and photography and social media.

Great Cities of the World
3 credits
Focus on a single city over time or in a specific historical moment. Looks at art, architecture, and/or material culture. Topics vary. Examples: Nineteenth-Century Paris, Ancient Pompeii, Florence under the Medici, Mexico City ca. 1521.

Sculpture in the United States
3 credits
History of sculpture in the U.S. from the 18th century to the present. Lectures and discussion explore sculptural techniques and production; styles, iconographies, and functions; and cultural issues such as space, iconoclasm, and memory.

Cairo: Architecture and Revolution
3 credits
​Course explores the history of Cairo from its founding to the present, paying attention especially to the nature and form of urban space in relation to architecture, as the background to and index of massive social change through time.

Contemporary Black Art
Examines the art and visual culture of the African diaspora since the 1960s. Topics include the Black Arts Movement in the USA and UK, Abstract Expressionism, the Afri-Cobra movement, recycled stereotypes, installation art and performance art.
Cross-listed with AFRA325.

Issues in Black Photography
A critical race history of blacks as subjects, producers, and theorists of photography. Includes examination of issues, ideas, and creativity with respect to African American and African diasporic photography from the late nineteenth century to the present day. Topics range from portraiture and documentary photography to considerations of race and representation, black consciousness, strategies of resistance and identity formation, class, sex, and gender.
Cross-listed with AFRA315.

Independent Study
1-6 credits

Art and Environmental Justice
3 credits
Addresses the relationship between diverse human cultures and damaged environments in the arts, from the colonization of Native American lands to the global climate justice movement.

Topics in Art History
3 credits
Detailed investigation in a lecture rather than a seminar format of varying topics, e.g., Saint Denis and Problems of 12th-Century Art.

Undergraduate Seminar in the History of Art
1-4 credits
Emphasis on art historical reading and research. Student oral reports. Recent seminar topics include Art and Religion in Latin America, Caravaggio, Art of the African Diaspora, and Renaissance Rome.
RESTRICTIONS: For undergraduates only. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Seminar in Greek and Roman Art
3 credits
The art and architecture of antiquity from the origins of Greek civilization to the fall of Rome. Recent topics include Art in the Everyday Life of Ancient Romans, Hellenistic Greek Sculpture, Late Roman Portraiture, and Roman Architecture.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Seminar in Medieval Art
3-12 credits
The art of Europe from the fall of Rome to the late Gothic period. Recent topics include The Court of Charlemagne, Early Irish and Anglo-Saxon Art, and Saint Denis and the Origins of Gothic Architecture.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Artist's Machine
3 credits
Exploration of artist-constructed machines (i.e. micro-electronics, robotics, kinetic sculpture and interactive installation) as media for artistic expression. Balance of theory and practice with specific emphasis on making of electronic objects and positioning these in various contexts. No prior knowledge of electronics required.
Cross-listed with ART406.

Seminar in Renaissance Art and Architecture
3 credits
Renaissance art from 1300 to 1600. Recent topics include The Renaissance Villa, and Art in the Age of Exploration.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Seminar in Italian Renaissance Architecture
3 credits
Italian architecture from 1300 to 1600. Recent topics include Renaissance Villas and Gardens, Brunelleschi and Alberti, Roman Architecture in the Age of Michelangelo, and Palladio.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Seminar in Italian Baroque Art
3-12 credits
Painting, sculpture, and architecture in Italy in the seventeenth century. Recent topics include Bernini and Roman Baroque Sculpture, Seicento Poetics and Imagery, and Caravaggio.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Seminar in Northern Baroque Art
3-12 credits
Seventeenth century in northern Europe. Topics change with each time of offering.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Seminar in Art of the Iberian World, 1400-1800
3 credits
Explore the arts of the Iberian Peninsula and the Spanish and Portuguese colonies from 1400 to 1800. Topics vary. Seminars may focus on particular artists, or on broader historical and/or methodological issues dealing with artistic production, reception, and circulation within the Spanish empire.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit once when topics vary.

Seminar in African Art
3 credits
Studies recent scholarship on art and/or architecture in Africa, focusing on specific subjects such as Modern and Contemporary art, sculpture before 1500, global views and uses of African art, and art institutions in Africa.
RESTRICTIONS: Not open to freshmen.

Seminar in Nineteenth-Century Art
3 credits
History and theory of art, 1789-1900. Recent topics include Modern Art and Literature, Modern Portraiture, Comic Modern.
PREREQ: ARTH227 or permission of instructor.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Folk and Outsider Art
3 credits
Focuses on the traditional and popular arts of the United States. Topics covered include colonial Pennsylvania-German decorative arts, Victorian Welsh gravestones, African-American textile and basketry crafts, and contemporary Inuit graphic arts. Discussions and research will focus on the relationship of folk arts to questions of ethnicity, class, popular culture, and community aesthetics.

Seminar in Modern Art since 1900
3 credits
Aspects of the history, aesthetics, and theories of Modern Art from 1900 to the present. Topics may include the Avant-Garde, Abstract Art, Art and Politics, High vs. Low Art, and Folk and Outsider Art.
PREREQ: ARTH227 or ARTH228 or permission of instructor.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit three times when topics vary.

Seminar in Film
3 credits
Aspects of the history and aesthetics of film since the invention of synchronized sound. Topics change with each time of offering. Topics may include Classic Hollywood Film, Gender and Film, Film Noir, Independent Film, and Global Cinema.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit three times when topics vary.

Silent Cinema
3 credits
Examination of the invention, emergence, and development of silent cinema in Europe, the former USSR, and the United States. Includes study of significant films and filmmakers; social, cultural, and artistic contexts; and the critical literature.

Seminar in the History of Photography
3 credits
Aspects of the history and aesthetics of photography. Topics change with each time of offering. Topics may include Photography and Art, Documentary Photography, Photography and Criticism, Photography and Race, and Vernacular Photography.
PREREQ: ARTH227 or ARTH228 or ARTH230 or ARTH231 or ARTH318.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit three times when topics vary.

Seminar in Modern Architecture
3-12 credits
Architecture in Europe and/or America from 1750 to the present. Recent topics include the Architecture of Neoclassicism; and Sullivan, Wright, and the Prairie School.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Seminar in American Architecture
3-12 credits
American architecture from the Colonies to the present. Recent topics include Architecture of the Colonial and Federal Periods, Nineteenth-Century American Architecture, and Philadelphia Architecture.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Seminar in American Art
3-12 credits
American art from the Colonies to the present. Recent topics include Art and Revolution in Early America, Early American Modernism, and American Painting and Sculpture after World War II.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit when topics vary.
Cross-listed with MCST435.

Seminar in Latin American Art
3 credits
The arts of Latin America from pre-Hispanic times to the 21st century. Topics change with each time of offering. Recent topics include Art and Religion in Latin America, and Art and Conquest in the New World.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Seminar in East Asian Art and Architecture
3 credits
Art, architecture, and archaeology of China, Japan, and/or Korea. Materials from nearby regions may also be included. Possible topics include Chinese Art and Collecting, Modern Architecture in East Asia, Meiji Art and Architecture, and East Asian Archaeology and Nationalism.

Architecture of Everyday Life
3 credits
Understanding and interpreting everyday buildings and landscapes by seeing the built environment through a physical lens (material, construction, style and plan) and social lens (gender, class, race) and from the perspective of multiple disciplines.
Cross-listed with UAPP454.

Black Bodies on Display: Race in Museums
3 credits
The complex and performative nature of museums vis-a-vis race, remembrance and reconciliation with a focus on Black American and African Diasporic history and culture. What role[s] do objects, history, and culture perform under such curatorial and museum mandates and visions? How do changing socio-political and cultural landscapes and challenges to representational politics shape museum practices? Considered here are black cultural institutions, their formation and foundation as well as exhibition histories of black visual art and culture.
RESTRICTIONS: Open to juniors and seniors only.
Cross-listed with AFRA445.

Seminar in Contemporary Architecture
3 credits
Contemporary architecture from around the world. Topics include Contemporary Architecture, Cross-cultural Dialogues, and Transnational Practices. Discover theories of postcolonialism and postmodernism to discuss aesthetic forms and concepts in the most recent architectural design projects.

Survey of African Art
3 credits
Major African art styles, their interrelationships, the context of usage, and the meanings of African artworks.
Cross-listed with ANTH457.

Internship in Art History
1-3 credits
On-the-job experience and explore potential occupational areas at a museum or other art-related venue, under joint supervision of the Department of Art History and sponsoring organization(s). Completion of journal of activities and/or final academic project or paper.
RESTRICTIONS: Requires pre-approval of instructor and/or Department's Director of Undergraduate Studies. Does not count as a 400-level seminar and does not fulfill an area requirement. Does not count towards the 33 credits in Art History required to majors.

Independent Study
1-6 credits

Studio Materials and Techniques of Painting I
3 credits
Major masters and the materials, tools, supports, and techniques of architectural painting and panel painting in tempera from about 1500 B.C. to A.D. 1500. Topics include true fresco and egg tempera painting. Studio reconstructions, lectures, and library research.
RESTRICTIONS: Requires permission of instructor.
Cross-listed with ARTC488.

Studio Materials and Techniques of Painting II
3 credits
Major masters and the materials, tools, and techniques of indirect and direct oil painting. Time frame: 1500 to the present. Major topics include the development of canvas, brushes, oil paint, mediums, varnishes, solvents, and the complex relationship between indirect and direct techniques. Includes studio reconstruction of masterworks, lectures, and library research.
RESTRICTIONS: Requires permission of instructor.
Cross-listed with ARTC489.

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