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Graduate Seminars for Spring 2019

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  ARH 5806-10  Global Indigenous Cinema
Dr. Kristin Dowell
Wednesday 12:20–3:05pm
What does visual sovereignty look like on-screen? Exploring the dynamic field of global Indigenous cinema from Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia and the Americas, we will examine the innovative ways in which filmmakers decolonize the screen to articulate Indigenous stories through feature, experimental and short films. Students will learn film curatorial practice, and the course will culminate in a student-curated film series.
Bourke White photo detail ARH 5806-05  U.S. Art Between World Wars
Dr. Karen Bearor
Monday  9:05–11:50am
This seminar covers painting, sculpture, graphics, design, photography, and film. Our focus will be on the aesthetics, rhetoric, and consumerism surrounding the arts of persuasion as manifested in avant-garde and mass media art and design, including that associated with major museum exhibitions and world fairs.

ARH 5806-07 Palenque and the Maya World
Dr. Michael Carrasco
Thursday 12:30–3:15pm
This seminar examines Classic Maya culture through the lens of Palenque’s extensive archaeological, epigraphic, and art historical record. We will focus especially on court culture, Maya religion and ritual, and the hieroglyphic inscriptions for which Palenque is famous. Although papers focused on Palenque are encouraged, students may work on any region within the Maya world.
ARH 5806-08  The Global Sixties
Dr. Tenley Bick
Monday 3:35–6:20pm
This course examines the global proliferation of experimental artistic strategies within the revolutionary sociopolitical context of the 1960s, with an eye to major geopolitical shifts and international social movements that shaped the period. While dominant narratives of art of the 1960s focus on the United States and Western Europe, this course instead takes a decentered, revisionist approach to its subject by addressing art of the 1960s in a global context, including close study of modernisms and avant-gardes in Eastern Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Seminar meetings will focus on specific international networks and art groups, sites of exchange, and global artistic currents in accordance with the thematic focus of the course. The politics of artistic internationalism will also be discussed.
Giotto fresco detail
ARH 5806-09 Visual Narratives
Dr. Richard Emmerson
Tuesday 9:30–12:15pm
Do pictures tell stories and, if so, how? This seminar addresses this question by studying influential narrative theory and carefully analyzing a range of specific cycles of images drawn from early Christian to late medieval art and represented in manuscripts, panel and wall paintings, stained glass, and tapestries.
School of Athens, center ARH 5806-02  Renaissance Rome
Dr. Jack Freiberg
Wednesday 9:05–11:50am
The subject of this graduate seminar is the art produced in Rome during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Works of painting, sculpture, and architecture commissioned by popes, cardinals, and secular patrons, as well as urban planning, pageantry, and antiquities collections, will be examined against Rome’s venerable history, sacred topography, and ancient monuments. The course opens in the early fifteenth century when the popes once again resided in the ancient capital, and ends in the late sixteenth century with the universal reach of the Counter-Reformation Church. Weekly discussions of texts drawn from the historical and art historical literature provide a firm foundation for individual research projects intended to pose challenging questions about the art produced in this exceptionally rich time and place.

ARH 5806-04  Fact and Fiction in the Early Modern Print
Dr. Stephanie Leitch
Tuesdsay 12:30–3:15pm

Without the means to express truth as illusionism, the early modern print strove to capture nature’s precepts in a highly constructed form.  We will look at how several important printed genres rationalized sight and shaped the framework for truth-telling.

ARH 5806-01  West & East: An Interlocked Gaze
Dr. Doron Bauer
Thursday 3:35–6:20pm
The seminar examines Western perceptions of the “Orient” and their impact on art and architecture from the Roman Empire to the present day. The seminar’s point of departure is Edward Said’s seminal claim that the “Orient,” as a representation, is a Western fictitious construction, which was invented to clear the path for European colonial agendas. Among the topics that will be discussed is the critique of Said’s argument, nineteenth-century European & American Orientalist paintings (Delacroix, Fortuny, Sargent, Gérôme), non-Western Orientalism (e.g. Turkish and Russian Orientalism), Israeli Art & Architecture, the conceptualization of the “Asiatic” by the members of the Vienna School of Art History, and medieval and early modern representations of the East.
ARH 5806-06  Modern Architecture and Urbanism
Dr. Lauren Weingarden
Tuesday 3:35–6:20pm
Spanning the Enlightenment to Post-World War II, this course endeavors to understand architecture and the urban context as cultural practices with their own internal rules and discourse, but with implications reaching far beyond the realm of built form. Our focus will be on leading architects in the US and Europe who defined the modern paradigms in the first and second machine ages and their formulation of international modernity.