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Graduate Courses – Spring 2022

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ARH 5799-01  Museum Theory & Practice
Dr. Kyle Killian
Thursday 1:20–3:50pm, 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 5806-01  Émigrés, Exiles, and Expatriates: Exile and Creativity in Early 20th-century U.S. Art
Dr. Karen Bearor
Monday 9:20–11:50am, WJB 2038
Visual Cultures of the Americas (VCA), Modern/Contemporary
This graduate seminar will consider exile, diaspora, and migration as focal points for investigating issues of individual and cultural identity, immigration, and expatriation primarily in early- to mid-20th-century U.S. art, photography, and film.
ARH 5806-03 Modernism after 1913
Dr. Adam Jolles
Monday 12:00–2:30pm, WJB 2040
Scholars frequently refer to the years around 1913 as a moment of rupture in the arts, marking the culmination of modernism. The chaotic decades that followed have long been recognized as a period of radical artistic experimentation, rich with new discursive, material, and curatorial practices. This seminar examines recent scholarship on the visual arts in this era, paying particular attention to the roles played by technology, avant-gardism, and globalization.

ARH 5806-04  Renaissance Copies
Dr. Stephanie Leitch
Tuesday 1:20-3:50 pm, WJB 2038
While copying in the artists’ workshop was sanctioned practice, we moderns seem to view the act of copying images with considerable suspicion. In part, we owe the anxiety that developed around copying to the printing press itself. Moveable type and traveling images made copies almost unavoidable, but it is at this point when artist started to lobby for their rights to their images. This course examines the phenomenon of copying in training artists, transmitting information, and pirating designs in the early modern period.
ARH 5806-05  The Global Middle Ages
Drs. Erika Loic & Lynn Jones
Monday 3:05–5:35pm, WJB 2038
Medieval, World Arts (Non-Western Art)
When art historians expand the traditional definitions of the Middle Ages to consider the period more globally, what’s at stake for research, museum practices, or pedagogy? In this seminar, we rethink medieval art and architecture in terms of exchange and interconnectedness, the afterlives of the Middle Ages, and the new technologies facilitating scholarly collaboration and public-facing initiatives.
ARH 5806-07 Architecture and Ephemerality in the Colonial Caribbean
Dr. Paul Niell
Thursday 9:45 am – 12:15 pm, WJB 2041
Renaissance/Baroque, Visual Cultures of the Americas (VCA), World Arts (Non-Western Art)
The changing material economies in architecture of the post-1492 Circum-Caribbean are the subject of this seminar with an emphasis on how ephemerality in the built environment evolved in relation to colonial histories. The course considers Indigenous American, African, Asian, and European contributions to the ephemeral architecture of the colonial Caribbean and the complicated lives of that architecture within landscapes of racialized inequity. 

ARH 5838-01  Museum Object (combined with undergrad)
Dr. Preston McLane
Tuesday 9:45 am – 12:15 pm, WJB 2041
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.