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Graduate Courses – Fall 2021

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ARH 5797-01  Museum Basics
Dr. Susan Baldino
Monday 3:05–5:35pm, G41 WJB
This seminar examines historical and contemporary transformations in the museum field with emphasis on the commitment to non-profit excellence, museum learning, exhibition and interpretation, inclusion, social justice, and museum activism. Students will gain theoretical and practical knowledge through participatory activities, research, and on-site museum experiences.
  ARH 5813-01  Art History Methods
Dr. Erika Loic
Thursday 9:45am–12:15pm, 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 5806-01 Monuments and Memorials
Dr. Karen Bearor
Monday 9:20–11:50am, 2038 WJB
As is evident in recent debates over the removal of Confederate and Reconstruction monuments in the South, as well as the destruction of ancient monuments in the Middle East by ISIS and other forces, monuments and memorials often mark flash points in public discourses over history and cultural memory. This seminar looks at scholarship on cultural memory as it applies to urban monuments and memorials, primarily in the United States.
ARH 5806-02 Pop Art
Dr. Tenley Bick
Wednesday 12:00–2:30pm, 2038 WJB
Was Pop Art a global phenomenon? While dominant histories of Pop focus on British and U.S.-American art, this course reconsiders Pop and its histories through study of its international and transnational contexts. Course study addresses artistic movements from the 1950s through the 1970s around the world that engaged mass culture, “new figuration,” and popular imagery. Students will examine major recent exhibitions and debates on international and global histories of pop art, with attention to geopolitics, method, and historiography.

ARH 5806-03  Contemporary Native American Art
Dr. Kristin Dowell
Thursday 1:20–3:50pm, 2038 WJB  *FULL – Closed for fall*
Focusing on work produced in the last twenty years, this course explores the dynamic field of contemporary Native American art. We examine how Native artists create work in dialogue with the global art world while firmly rooted in local connections to territory, identity, and cultural practices through a variety of forms including: painting, photography, installation art, land-based practice, performance art and experimental media.

ARH 5806-04  Renaissance Rome
Dr. Jack Freiberg
Monday 12:00–2:30pm, 2038 WJB


ARH 5806-05  Iconoclasm in the Middle Ages
Dr. Lynn Jones
Tuesday 9:45am–12:15pm, 2038 WJB
This course examines the medieval phenomenon of iconoclasm, or image destruction, in the Byzantine Empire and the Umayyad and Abassid Caliphates. The nature of iconoclasm–the ways in which it was employed, enforced, and ignored–will be examined, as will the ways in which art was mutilated, erased, or reconfigured to meet laws or standards. Readings will address case studies, socio-political contexts, and the similarities and differences between Christian and Muslim image destruction.

ARH 5806-06 Early Modern Visual Data

Dr. Stephanie Leitch
Tuesday 1:20–3:50pm, 2038 WJB (flex)
Early modern prints documented and prompted new cognitive engagement with the world, such as cross-referencing: this image attempted to defile a Tuscan poet by comparing him to Dürer’s rhinoceros. As visual tools or data, prints shaped the practice of fields we recognize as disciplinary science today (anatomy, cartography, and natural history), as well as more specious arts such as facial recognition.

ARH 6920–01 Proseminar

Dr. Robert Neuman
Wednesday  9:20–11:50am, 2038 WJB (flex)
This seminar is offered to doctoral students who have been admitted to candidacy and who are engaged in dissertation research and other professional activities.  Our efforts will focus on establishing professional goals and developing the means to meet them in the areas of teaching, research, publication, employment, and service.