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Graduate Courses – Spring 2023

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ARH 5222–01  Medieval Illuminated Manuscript
Dr. Erika Loic
Thursday 1:20–3:50 pm, 2038 WJB
Medieval.  Throughout the Middle Ages, the embellishment and illustration of manuscripts conveyed religious and sociopolitical messages. In this seminar, we examine the pictorial programs of manuscripts made by and for Christians, Muslims, and Jews, as well as the art of secular texts. We compare what various critical approaches to the same books reveal about modes of representation, patronage, reception, and materiality.
ARH 5799-01   Cultural Heritage: Theory & Practice
Dr. Kristin Dowell
Wednesday 9:20–11:50, 2038 WJB
Who owns the past? How is cultural heritage connected to social change? This seminar is an introduction to the debates and theories surrounding tangible and intangible cultural heritage including: public history, repatriation, curatorial practice, language revitalization, foodways, and ethics. We examine methods in cultural heritage work from local and international perspectives including visits to local heritage sites in Tallahassee.
ARH 5806-01  Interwar Art, Design, and Film in the US
Dr. Karen Bearor
Thursday 9:45 am–12:15 pm, 2038 WJB
Visual Cultures of the Americas (VCA), Modern/Contemporary. This seminar covers painting, sculpture, graphics, design, photography, and film produced in the U.S. during the often overlooked but vital period between World War I and World War II. Our focus will be on the aesthetics, rhetoric, and consumerism surrounding the arts of persuasion as manifested in avant-garde and mass media art and design, including that associated with major museum exhibitions and world fairs.
ARH 5806-02  Futures and Futurisms
Dr. Tenley Bick
Monday 3:05–5:35 pm, 2038 WJB
Modern/Contemporary, World Arts (Non-Western Art). This seminar examines the proliferation of new theories and forms of futurisms in recent decades, with a focus on chronopolitics, post- and decolonial theory, and radical traditions of thought and practice. Topics include: historical Futurism (Italian, Russian); neo- and retro-futurisms; utopianism; futurability; queer futurity; “radical futurisms”; Afrofuturism; Indigenous Futurism; and apocalypticism and the “closing” of the future, among others. The seminar concentrates on modern and contemporary art and theory but welcomes student research topics on other sub-areas of art history.

ARH 5806-04  Gothic Architecture
Dr. Kyle Killian
Tuesday 1:20–3:50 pm, 2038 WJB
This seminar will cover major monuments of Gothic architecture, track significant changes in how Gothic buildings have been studied, and explore what the study of Gothic contributes to current disciplinary concerns in art history. Because the material significance of the monumental architecture itself is inescapable, we will also confront recent scholarship that re-envisions Gothic and raises difficult questions for the way we study the built environment. (more…)

ARH 5806-05  The Art of Observation in the Early Modern Print
Dr. Stephanie Leitch
Tuesday 9:45 am–12:15 pm, 2038 WJB
Renaissance/Baroque. This course examines the pictorial construction of vision in the early modern print; it inspects how first-hand observations were visualized in images, helped cue observation, calibrate sightings, and thus, shaped and sharpened visual acuity.
  ARH 5806-06  18th-Century Paris, a Global Capital
Dr. Robert Neuman
Friday  12:00–2:30 pm, 2038 WJB
Renaissance/Baroque.  We will explore the French city’s eminence not only in painting and sculpture, but also in furniture and furnishings, textiles and dress, and books and scientific instruments. In the private world of the home, designers led the way in creating modern, intimate accommodations. We will follow a day in the complex and nuanced lifestyle of the elite, whose ritualized activities—dressing, receiving, eating, and playing—became a kind of performance art accompanied by meticulously wrought props displayed by the new consumer society. (more…) 
ARH 5806-07:  Mannerism
Dr. Lorenzo Pericolo
Thursday 4:50–7:20 pm, G41 WJB
Renaissance/Baroque.  The broad aim of this course is to bring to the fore a number of critical issues raised by the manifold notion of Mannerism while providing an in-depth examination of a large body of artists and artworks (drawings, paintings, sculptures, prints, and architecture) associated with it. The course focuses on how artists and art theorists developed new ways of conceiving of artistic practice by placing unprecedented emphasis on unconventional inventiveness and manual dexterity in working across different media, and by taking the ideal of beauty well beyond the conventions of the High Renaissance. (more…) 
ARH 5838-01  Museum Object
Grace Ali
Wednesday 12:00–2:30 pm, G41 WJB
In this course, students will study and interrogate contemporary issues of museum exhibition. Through engagement with theory, case studies, and art objects, students investigate the philosophical and ethical questions facing curators and museums while learning best practices through hands-on projects in professional contexts.