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Undergraduate Lecture Courses for Spring 2018


ARH 4301 – Cosmopolitan Renaissance
Dr. Stephanie Leitch
T/Th 12:30 – 1:45 pm
An examination of artistic exchange in painting, sculpture, and printmaking in cosmopolitan centers of Florence, Bruges, Venice, and Augsburg during the early modern period. As we consider the global Renaissance, students will ask how narratives of artistic progress began, were localized around privileged centers, and how relativistic thinking about art, nature and the human body developed.



ARH 4450ARH 4450 – Modern European Art: Post-Impressionism to Surrealism
Dr. Adam Jolles
T/Th 3:35 – 4:50 pm
This course examines the development of European modernism from roughly 1880 to 1940, beginning with Post-Impressionism and proceeding through the major figures and movements to the collapse of the European avant-garde at the outbreak of World War II. We closely examine individual works of art and read primary source documents from the period in an effort to establish the issues of concern to artists, the forms they used to express themselves, and the values they sought to embody.



Michelangelo's David under restoration, detail
ARH 4933-01: Michelangelo’s World

Dr. Jack Freiberg
T/Th 11:00 – 12:15 pm
Join us in exploring the art and life of Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564), whose long career as painter, sculptor, and architect in Florence and Rome makes him an ideal subject for studying the Italian Renaissance. We will focus on what is new in his approach to artistic creation, to techniques and materials, and to expressing spiritual and political meaning through his art.




ARH 4933-02: African Diaspora
Dr. Karen Bearor & Dr. Paul Niell
T/Th 9:35 – 10:45 am
A survey of the visual cultures of the African Diaspora in the American hemisphere with attention to the nations of Haiti, Cuba, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Mexico, and the United States. Issues to be addressed in the course include slavery, identity, agency, nationalism, and colonialism/coloniality.



ARH 4933-03: Monastic Art & Architecture in Medieval Europe
Dr. Kyle Killian
T/Th 5:15 – 6:30 pm
The monasteries of medieval Europe are responsible for an astonishing range of artistic production. From specialized architecture to manuscript illumination, monastic culture is a touchstone for our sense of the Middle Ages. In this course we explore their art and culture and ask such questions as: How did monastic scriptoria work? Why were monasteries enriched with beguiling sculpture? How did the sophisticated spaces of monastic buildings function in the religious life of the inhabitants?

Undergraduate Seminars

As capstone courses for the art history undergraduate curriculum, these seminars serve as an introduction to graduate study in the field. Although only one seminar is required for the major, taking multiple seminars will make you more academically competitive if you plan to continue with graduate study.

Judith Leyster
ARH 4800-01 Early Modern Women

Dr. Robert Neuman
Th 2:00 – 4:45 pm

This undergraduate seminar focuses on women artists and the construction of gender in art during the period 1400-1800 — the Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo. We look at artists both celebrated and obscure, as well as female patrons. The course provides a working knowledge of literature on the topic, with special attention on critical reading, research, and writing.



ARH 4800-02: Sex & the City
Dr. Lauren Weingarden
W 12:20 – 3:05 pm
Virgin or viper/matron or mistress? Sex & the City revisits 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 women” in the cosmopolitan city of Paris by exploring the visual representations of power, sex, money, and fashion.


Recurring Foundation Courses

Shepard Fairey, Peace Goddess, 2007ARH 2000: Art, Architecture, and Artistic Vision – Online
Dr. Kyle Killian
Liberal Studies Designation: State-Wide; Humanities and Cultural Practice Core Course
NOTE: This course counts for Art History minor requirements, but not for the major.
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 look at a variety of media, from painting, sculpture, and architecture to advertisements, online imagery, and graffiti art. We also discuss temporary types of art and objects that were never meant to hang in a museum. Along the way we explore 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
Required for Art History majors
Introductory surveys of the history of art from Prehistory through the late Medieval period (2050) and from the early Renaissance through the twentieth century (2051).

ARH 2050-01  M/W/F 11:15 am–12:05pm (M. Gunther)
ARH 2050-02 T/Th 3:35–4:50 pm  (L. Gillette)
ARH 2051-01 M/W/F 10:10–11:00 am (R. Fesperman)
ARH 2051-02/03 (Honors)  M/W/F 2:30–3:20 pm (E. Thames)
ARH 2051-04 M/W 3:35 – 4:50 pm (S. Buck)


Jenny Holzer, LED work incorporating Truisms (1990), detail

SPC 2067: Communication for Arts & Design
Dr. Preston McLane
Required for Art History majors
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.


ARH 2814: Information Technology for Art Historians 
Jean Hudson
Required for Art History majors
Tuesday 12:30 – 3:15 pm
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 databases from scratch, read skeptically and write 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.


ARH 3794: Museum Basics
Dr. Teri Abstein
Friday 9:05–11:50 am
From cabinets of curiosities to virtual museums, this course addresses museum history, philosophy, practice and careers. Through readings, discussions, guest lectures, field trips to local museums and a number of short topical projects, students will develop a framework for understanding the role of today’s museums. They will also be prepared to evaluate the major issues facing museum professionals today.



ARH 3854: Museum Object
Jennifer Baez
Monday 12:20–3:05 pm

An examination of the history, philosophy, practice, and implications of acquiring, researching, and displaying objects in art museums and gallery spaces in the modern era. Students will organize an exhibition from curation to installation in the WJB Gallery. Each semester a different collection is selected for the exhibition, allowing the students to research and reflect on lessons intrinsic to the particular objects to be displayed, gain a working knowledge of literature on museum theory, and have the invaluable experience of designing, installing, and hosting an exhibition in a gallery setting.