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Graduate Seminars for Spring 2018


Goodwood Plantation TallahasseeARH 5806-01 – Plantation Architecture and Landscapes of Florida and Beyond  
Dr. Paul Niell
Thursday 12:30–3:15 pm

Examines the architecture and landscapes of plantation agriculture in Florida and emphasizes relationships to the broader world of “plantation America.” The course will involve seminar discussions and site visits as well as the investigation and use of tools for documentation and interpretation. Students will contribute to the production of original knowledge about plantation architecture and landscapes of the immediate area through on-site analysis, archival research, and the use of secondary sources.


ARH 5806-02 – Harlem Renaissance: Art, Photography, Film
Dr. Karen Bearor
Monday 9:05–11:50 am
Most people think of the period associated with the Harlem Renaissance as one of developments in music and literature. But in recent years, scholarship on the period has opened our eyes to the vibrancy its visual culture. This seminar will introduce students to the art, photography, and film of the period produced by black artists, as well as the scholarship associated with these art forms.



Takashi Murakami, 727 (1996)

ARH 5806-03 – The Ecology of Images
Dr. Michael Carrasco
Thursday 9:30 am–12:15 pm
From Gregory Bateson’s ecology of mind, to Susan Sontag’s ecology of images, to Sunil Manghani’s and David Morgan’s use of the same phrase in visual culture studies, ecology has increasingly served as an analytic lens for understanding not only contemporary environmental problems and the fate of past civilizations, but also as a way of probing complex systems more generally. Sontag coined the phrase ecology of images to describe the relationship between reality and photographs. However, instead of seeing images as depleting reality, as Sontag believed in the case of the photograph, this course examines images as a vehicle through which reality is given specific cultural meanings through its representation. Likewise, we will query how an ecology of images may be a better conceptual tool for capturing and discussing the multimodal nature of experience, the role of art in ritual, the interaction between sensorial fields in aesthetic experience, and other similar issues. This seminar will draw on a range of theoretical readings and case studies from several different cultural contexts and periods primarily drawn from Japan, Latin America, and modern and contemporary art.


Reformation printARH 5806-04 – The Art of the Reformation
Dr. Stephanie Leitch
Monday 12:20 – 3:05 pm
Religious struggles during the sixteenth century changed both the confessional and artistic landscape in early modern Europe. Stability for artists evaporated as traditional patronage structures dried up. Art production was also altered by new religious sects, some of which objected to images. Some artists attempted to straddle the confessional divide by producing non-partisan imagery; others shifted media to print in regions where painted altars and sculpture were threatened by iconoclasts. This seminar will consider the turns taken by art in the age of Reformation, especially the subjectivity demanded by new vernacular viewership. We will consider these issues and survey the scholarship produced in commemoration of the start of the Reformation 500 years ago.


ARH 5806-05 – Michelangelo
Dr. Jack Freiberg
Wednesday 9:05 – 11:50 am
Michelangelo Buonarroti’s defining achievements in all the arts and close relationships with the major figures of his age make him an ideal focus for the study of Renaissance Italy. Weekly discussions are devoted to exploring the works Michelangelo created in Florence and Rome by engaging the rich art historical literature concerning his innovative practice, his approach to techniques and materials, and his expression of spiritual and political meaning. The construction of Michelangelo’s identity as both an artist and human being is followed through documents, letters, poetry, and contemporary biographies. Participants in the seminar will lead the weekly discussions, develop research projects around challenging questions concerning Michelangelo, and share the results in an oral presentation and formal research paper.


Catalan Atlas 1375ARH 5806-06 – Interconnectivity & Exchange
Dr. Doron Bauer
Thursday 3:35 – 6:20 pm
We, air travelers and citizens of the global village, often imagine the Middle Ages as an era of geographic isolation and disconnectedness. However, conquest, colonization, migration, travel, and trade generated frequent cross-cultural contact within medieval Europe and beyond. The seminar examines the impact of these different modalities of contact on production and reception of art in the Middle Age.



Gentileschi Self-PortraitARH 5806-07 – Early Modern Women
Dr. Robert Neuman
Wednesday 12:20 – 3:05 pm
This interdisciplinary seminar focuses on women artists and the construction of gender in art during the period 1400-1800, that is, the Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo. We look at artists both celebrated and obscure, such as Sofonisba Anguissola, Artemisia Gentileschi, and Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun. The class also considers female patrons in all media. The format of the class is informal discussion, emphasizing the rich body of literature published in the field. Students report on selected readings and artists, and write a research paper.



ARH 5806-08 – Sex & the City
Dr. Lauren Weingarden
Tuesday 12:30 – 3:15 pm
Virgin or viper/matron or mistress? Sex & the City re-visits 19th-century Paris and the key role women played on both sides of the easel as painters and subjects. This course will focus on what it meant to be a “modern woman” in the cosmopolitan city of Paris by exploring the visual representations of power, sex, money, and fashion.




Apocalypse manuscriptARH 5806-09 – Medieval Apocalypse Manuscripts
Dr. Richard Emmerson
Tuesday 9:30 am – 12:15 pm
The seminar studies medieval illustrated Apocalypse manuscripts produced ca. 800-1500. It will survey major schools of illumination, focusing on the most important Apocalypses and the ways their images develop a visual exegesis of the Book of Revelation. Seminar members will introduce manuscripts available in facsimile or on-line, lead discussions of influential scholarship, and present research projects leading to in-depth interpretive papers.



ARH 5838–01 – The Museum Object
Dr. Allys Palladino-Craig
Required for Museum & Cultural Heritage Studies MA students
Monday 9:05 – 11:50 am
This course is distinguished by a focus on the three infinitives of the museum mission: to collect, to preserve, to interpret. In this course a student will undertake the research role of the Curator, that individual who steers the creation of an exhibition though the selection of materials to be shown and whose research into those selections represents the interpretive function. The Curator is the director, the scriptwriter, the aesthetic overview of the exhibition whether the exhibition consists of art or archaeology, biography, sports, or any other subject. This is an art history course, but the parameters for research are not restricted in media or to a particular discipline.