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Current Graduate Courses – Spring 2024

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ARH 5799 MCHS Theory & Practice
Dr. Kristin Dowell
Wednesday 9:20–11:50 am, WJB 2038
Required for all first-year MCHS students.
This course is a graduate-level introduction to key issues in the field of cultural heritage, including such topics as definitions of tangible and intangible cultural heritage, the role of public opinion and tourism in the protection and interpretation of cultural heritage, the impact of development and conflict, questions of authenticity and identity, international law, and ethics. 
ARH 5838  Museum Object
Grace Ali
Tuesday 1:20–3:50 pm,  WJB G41
Required for all first-year MCHS students on the Tallahassee track. Students on the Ringling track will take Museum Object at the Ringling in Year 2. 
This course covers the philosophy and practice of acquiring the museum object; the processing of the object in an institutional setting; research methods and interpretation; philosophy in methods of presenting the object and its interpretation through exhibition and display; and various forms of publications and dissemination.

ARH 5806-02  History of Curating
Dr. Adam Jolles
Wednesday 12–2:30 pm, WJB 2038
Modernities and Modernisms.
This course explores the emergence of curatorial practices during the late modern era. We will examine the major debates that have helped shape this discourse at several key moments throughout its history. Our goal will be to make sense of the major critical and conceptual currents that animate curating today as well as those that undergird its historical formation.
  ARH 5806–03 The Archaeology of Buildings
Dr. Kyle Killian
Tuesday  1:20–3:50 pm, WJB 2038
The Post-Ancient and Medieval World, Modernities and Modernisms, or Visual Cultures of the Americas. Buildings are complex objects with long histories of use and alterations. As a methodology the archaeology of buildings provides tools for identifying, recording, interpreting, and presenting those complex life histories. In this class students master the methodological and theoretical underpinnings of buildings archaeology as well practical knowledge and experience in common approaches to recording a building archaeologically. The skills developed in this class are key to any in-depth architectural history and to a wide range of historic preservation objectives. The course will include both classroom sessions and fieldwork sessions.

ARH 5806–04 Early Modern Travel Narratives
Dr. Stephanie Leitch
Monday 12:00–2:30 pm,  WJB 2038
Modernities and Modernisms.
This seminar examines how early modern European publics made their first visual acquaintance with new worlds through the medium of travel writing. This class explores the variety of artistic genres in which these encounters were visualized and interrogates the categories to which representations of extra-Europeans were subject. By examining certain visual conventions employed in the early colonial period, we will weigh the role of recycled concepts and imagery in the development of stereotypes. Working with the evidence that the history of print provides us, we will attend to the generalizations made by these images, also noting difference and nuances that shaped modern ideas of the world’s peoples.


ARH 5806–05  Garden History
Dr. Robert Neuman
Friday 12:00–2:30 pm,  WJB 2038
Modernities and Modernisms, Visual Cultures of the Americas.
This seminar treats Western gardens from the Renaissance through the Modern period, with a brief glance backward at ancient Roman gardens, as expressions of beauty, power, and control of the natural world.  Depending on the choice of paper topic, students may use the seminar to fulfill departmental degree requirements for a single chosen subject area. The class focuses on major sites in urban and country settings, from the Medici villas in Tuscany and the gardens of Versailles to American botanical parks and the High Line in New York City.  We consider the meaning of gardens across time: their function as status symbols, cultural markers, and places of reverie. 


ARH 5806–06 Architecture and Ephemerality
Dr. Paul Niell
Monday 3:05–5:35 pm, WJB 2038
Modernities and Modernisms, Visual Cultures of the Americas , World Arts (Non-Western).
Discussions on the relationships between architecture and ephemerality encompass questions of ecology, imperialism, place, materials, climate, among other dimensions. This seminar focuses on global case studies associated with these concerns from the eighteenth century to the present. We will consider cases of architecture and the ephemeral in the Caribbean, South America, SE Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Southeastern United States. The European Architectural History Network’s fall 2023 themed conference, The Third Ecology, the 2022/2023 UCLA Clark Memorial Conference Series, The Forgotten Canopy, and a range of other symposia and conferences on ephemeral buildings highlight the timeliness of this topic and the multitude of critical issues therein.

ARH 5806–07 The Baroque Body 

Dr. Lorenzo Pericolo
Thursday 4:50–7:20 pm, WJB 2041
Modernities and Modernisms.
In the early modern arts, the representation of the human body plays a substantial role. Defined as a microcosm modeled upon the example of the macrocosm (the universe), the human body encapsulates an ideal notion of perfection rooted in the natural world, reflected in medicine and the sciences, and understood as normative for painting, sculpture, and architecture. In particular, artists construed the human body as idealized nature: a nature that does not exist in the physical realm, that transcends it, and that needs to be restored to its pristine, divine form. Baroque painters and sculptors, from Caravaggio to Rubens, from Bernini to Velázquez and Rembrandt, were familiar with this interpretation of the human body, but, through differing strategies and with different goals, they ended up denaturing it. This course aims to explore the ways in which this transgression of the human body was developed and implemented between 1580 and 1660.

ARH 5806–08  Archaeologies of Memory, Art, and Architecture 
Dr. Brendan Weaver
Friday 9:20–11:50 am, WJB 2038
The Post-Ancient and Medieval World, Modernities and Modernisms, or Visual Cultures of the Americas.
Since the 1970s memory has been a persistent topic of social science and humanities research. Archaeology, with its focus on human cultural experience through the material world, offers a unique vantage on social and collective memory. This seminar will explore several themes related to memory and material culture –broadly conceived to include art, architecture, the built environment, and landscapes, through archaeological, art historical, and ethnographic lenses. How can we understand the role of socially resonant individual and collective memories through material expressions in the past? What is the materiality of memorialization and commemoration, and are they affected by political contestation and power? Additionally, how does visual and material culture through historical and archaeological interpretation aid or transform social memory in the present?

ARH 6292–01 Iberian Art Until 1492
Dr. Erika Loic
Thursday  1:20–3:50 pm, WJB 2038
The Post-Ancient and Medieval World.
The material culture of medieval Iberia (modern-day Spain and Portugal) reflects a long history of conflict, cooperation, and exchange among the three primary religious communities of the region: Christians, Muslims, and Jews. This course explores inter-religious relations under both Muslim and Christian rule, from the Umayyad defeat of the Visigothic Kingdom in 711 to the end of the so-called Reconquista, namely the fall of al-Andalus and the expulsion of the Jews in 1492. In addition, architecture and portable objects in various media offer case studies through which to consider Iberia’s connections with regions north of the Pyrenees and across the Mediterranean world, including North Africa.


Interested in courses outside of the Department of Art History/College of Fine Arts?
(Only available to students after demonstration of successful academic progress in their first semester in the program.)

Students may request to take courses outside of those offered by the Department of Art History. Permission from the Director of Graduate Studies or Director of MCHS, as appropriate, will be required in order to ensure that the course will be credited toward your degree. Master’s students are allowed to take a maximum of one course from outside of the Department of Art History.

Students on a graduate assistantship must request Dean’s permission to use tuition waivers to cover a course outside of the college. Permission from the College of Fine Arts is not guaranteed. The college is much more likely to allow waivers to cover a course within the college, for example, in Art Education.

Contact Emily Johnson to discuss your request and initiate the approval process.