ARH 3XXX – History of Islamic Art
Dr. Lynn Jones
This course surveys the history of Islamic art, covering numerous cultures on several continents. The course does not follow a chronological model, but rather adopts a regional and thematic approach. We will consider the development of known traditions and their legacy in modern and contemporary art and architecture. The course covers a range of visual and material expressions, including painting, sculpture, architecture, textiles, cultural landscapes, and ephemera.
ARH 4211 – Early Medieval Art
Dr. Kyle Killian
M/W 1:25–2:40 pm
This course considers the uses of art in the European of the Early Middle Ages. We will consider works of art from the end of Late Antiquity to the forms of Romanesque architecture and sculpture. Topics of special interest include pilgrimage, imperial imagery, manuscripts and monasteries.
ARH 4414: Modern European Art: Neo-Classicism to Impressionism
Dr. Lauren Weingarden
M/W 11:15 am–12:30 pm
Revolutions, rebellions, radicals, and more! Explore how 19th-century artists revolted against the academy to become “heroes of modern life.” Follow Courbet, Manet and Monet as they wage war on 400 years of Western art and replace the past with new styles, techniques and imagery as the mirror of modern life.
ARH 4884 Walt Disney and the American Century
Dr. Robert Neuman
T/Th 2:00–3:15 pm
This course considers Walt Disney (1901-66) in relation to art, society, and culture during the American Century, by focusing on animation, architecture, and theme parks.
ARH 4933: Viking Art & Architecture
Dr. Doron Bauer
T/Th 3:35–4:50 pm
The course will examine a wide range of Viking objects and architecture—jewelry, rune stones, weapons, woodcarvings, temples, and ships. Particular emphasis will be placed on contacts and exchange between the Vikings and foreign cultures.
As capstone courses for the art history undergraduate curriculum, these seminars serve as an introduction to graduate study in the field.
ARH 4800-01: Maya Art and Ritual of the Classic Period
Dr. Michael Carrasco
W 10:10 am – 12:45 pm
The Maya peoples of southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras were among the first to make extensive use of writing and were thus able to record a verbal record of a variety of mythology and historical issues from about 200 BCE. In tandem with the calligraphic script that preserved these narratives an elaborate iconographic system emerged that lasted as a continuous tradition until the conquest of the Americas in the 16-17th centuries. This seminar introduces these traditions with a particular focus on the integral role visual culture played in Maya ritual and religion of the kingdoms of the Classic period (200 – 900 CE). We will examine how changes in visual culture reflect larger religious and political transformations in Maya culture and social complexity. Accordingly, we will spend considerable time investigating theories of ritual, materiality, and presence, among others. To explore these topics the course will draw on a wide range of sources from pre-Columbian iconography, architecture, and epigraphy to Colonial and modern ethnographic documents in order to gain an emic understanding of indigenous conceptualizations of history, cosmology, and how these shaped social, ritual, and political orders. While some familiarity with art history, archaeology, or anthropology is useful, students need not have had prior experience with the Maya or Mesoamerica. However, enthusiastic engagement with the material is expected.
ARH 4800-02: Documentary Photo & Film
Dr. Karen Bearor
This course examines the history, forms, strategies, and conventions of documentary photography and film, with a bias toward film and toward those photographers and filmmakers working in the U.S. Through screenings and outside readings, students will examine the genres and modes of representation in both, while also being attentive to the strategies used to persuade viewers to the creators’ points of view. No prior knowledge of the history of photography or film is assumed. The course provides students with a working knowledge of the literature on the topic, with special attention devoted to critical reading and writing. As a goal of this class is to develop a research agenda, students will learn to build their research program through a series of cumulative assignments that incorporate class discussion and feedback.
ARH 2000: Art, Architecture, and Artistic Vision – Online
Dr. Kyle Killian
Liberal Studies Designation: State-Wide; Humanities and Cultural Practice Core Course
This is a course about how to look systematically—visual appreciation. But it is also a course about how and where you see art in the world around you. We will look at a variety of media, from painting, sculpture, and architecture to advertisements, online imagery, and graffiti art. We will also discuss temporary types of art and objects that were never meant to hang in a museum. Along the way we will explore our local museums and other places where we interact with the visual production of our society. This course invites you to think about the extremely complex visual lives we lead.
ARH 2050/2051: Art History Surveys
See Course Schedule for time/day of each section.
ARH 2814: Information Technology for Art Historians
Everything you need to turn your Google machine into a working art historian’s computer: how to find and manipulate images, research with scholarly precision, build a database from scratch, read articles skeptically and write them convincingly, give exciting presentations in the dark, learn any program in a weekend, and create footnotes that will make your professors weep with joy. Along the way we also talk about copyright, getting a job, the thrill of procrastination, and when kids should get smartphones.
SPC 2067: Communication for Arts & Design
Dr. Preston McLane
Lecture: Monday 3:35–4:25, Breakout sessions throughout week; see Course Schedule for details.
Talking about art is cool. Good public speaking takes practice. So let’s practice by talking about art. We will focus on core concepts of art criticism – looking, describing, interpreting, and evaluating – together with broader principles of effective communication useful in your personal and professional lives. Hone your delivery of bright and perceptive remarks while earning those all-important speech credits. You will be glad that you took this class.