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CURRENT Grad Courses – Fall 23

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ARH 5806-01 Machine Age Art & Design in the U.S.
Dr. Karen Bearor
Monday 12–2:30 pm, 2038 WJB
Visual Cultures of the Americas (VCA), Modern/Contemporary. 
The Machine Age name served the post-World War I period as a symbolic concept, one helping our citizens negotiate the changes in the country—from a largely rural, agricultural society to a more urban and modern society, one with enhanced means and speed of transportation, as well as home activities transformed by radios and electric appliances. These changed our concept of our society, our art, and our world standing. This seminar explores these conceptual changes as applied to art and design during the period between the world wars.
ARH 5806-02  Art in the Global Sixties
Dr. Tenley Bick
Tuesday 4:50–7:20 pm, 2038 WJB
Modern/Contemporary, World Arts (Non-Western Art). This course examines the global proliferation of experimental artistic strategies within the revolutionary sociopolitical contexts of the “long” 1960s, with an eye to major geopolitical shifts and international (and transnational) social movements that shaped the period. Rather than providing an exhaustive survey of 1960s art, seminar meetings focus on specific international and transnational networks (e.g., Pan-Africanist, “Third-Worldist” and “non-aligned”) and art groups, sites of exchange, and global artistic currents (e.g., the use of found objects, process art, cybernetic aesthetics) in accordance with the thematic focus of the course.


ARH 5806-03 Blood and Power: Art of the True Cross from the 4th Century to 1204
Dr. Lynn Jones
Tuesday 1:20–3:50 pm, 2038 WJB
Readings will focus on the ways in which the True Cross functioned as a venerated relic for the faithful, a diplomatic tool for the Byzantine Empire, and an object of desire for Crusaders. Students will consider how the True Cross functioned both as a tangible relic and an ephemeral idea.

ARH 5806-04  Early Modern Women

Dr. Robert Neuman
Friday 12–2:30 pm, 2038 WJB
Renaissance/Baroque, Modern/Contemporary. This interdisciplinary course deals with women artists and the construction of gender in art during the period 1400-1800, that is, during the Renaissance, the Baroque, and the Rococo. We will look at painters both celebrated and obscure, such as Sofonisba Anguissola, Artemisia Gentileschi, and Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun.
  ARH 5806–05  Michelangelo: Painter, Sculptor, Architect
Lorenzo Pericolo
Thursday 4:50–7:20 pm, G41 WJB
Seen alternatively as the perfect embodiment of the Italian Renaissance or as the harbinger of its dissolution, spiritual crisis, and cultural upheaval, Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475–1564) is not only a universal master, as documented by his vast pictorial and sculptural output and his numerous architectural designs, but also an essential engine of innovation in the evolution of the Italian arts in Italy between the late quattrocento and the age of Mannerism. Spanning almost seven decades, his career gives us the opportunity to examine Renaissance art from its innermost core, through its ideals and dilemmas, its inventive potential and deep-rooted biases. This course focuses on Michelangelo’s works, from the earliest ones produced in the Neoplatonic context of Lorenzo de’ Medici’s Florence to the latest ones carried out in counter-Reformation Rome.

ARH 5864–01 World Art Methods: Decolonizing Museums
Dr. Kristin Dowell
Wednesday 9:20–11:50, 2038 WJB
Can museums be decolonized? What does an inclusive museum practice look like? This course confronts the colonial legacies of museums while exploring the intersection of museum practice and social justice through movements to decolonize and Indigenize museums. Topics will include: the ethics of curatorial practice, repatriation, collaboration with descendent and originating communities, equity and accessibility within museums.


Recurring Foundation Courses

ARH 5797–01 Museum Basics
Dr. Susan Baldino
Wednesday 12–2:30 pm, 2038 WJB
The Museum Basics Seminar examines traditions, transformations, and the current state of museums, concerns and theories of museum studies, practical matters in the professional museum field, and prognoses for the future of museums. Students will learn through scholarly and professional literature, interaction with museum theorists and practitioners, on-site observation, and analysis in museums or on museum websites, discussion, and research.
ARH 5813–01 Art History Methods
Dr. Kyle Killian
Thursday 1:20–3:50 pm, 2038 WJB
This course is a seminar in methodology required of art history graduate students. It introduces the analysis of art, architecture, and material culture as a historical and critical discipline. The aim of the course is to help students develop their existing skills in careful looking, critical reading, and persuasive writing.
ARH 6920–01 Proseminar: Professional Development for Art Historians
Dr. Erika Loic
Monday 3:05–5:35pm, 2038 WJB
This professional development seminar is offered to doctoral candidates who have been admitted to candidacy and are engaged in dissertation research and other professional activities. The goal of the seminar is to help equip students with the competencies necessary to meet their longterm professional goals in teaching, research dissemination, service, and employment.