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Graduate Courses – Fall 2020

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ARH 5806-01 Minimalism
Dr. Tenley Bick
Wednesday 12:20–3:05pm WJB G41
“ABC art.” “Cool art.” “Literal art.” Characterized by minimal “artistic” labor, industrial materials, primary geometric form, non-relational composition, the sculptural work now known as Minimalism problematized the historical trajectory of modernism, provoking vehement criticism. Examining these debates, this seminar addresses Minimalism or “Minimalisms,” perhaps, as a more plural movement, including dance, film, and other media. Special attention is given to Minimalism’s association with exclusionary discourses on gender, race, and nationality.
ARH 5806-02 Indigenous Voices: Writing, Literature, and Poetics in Mesoamerica
Dr. Michael Carrasco
Monday 12:20–3:05pm WJB 2038
This seminar investigates the literature, calligraphy, and social uses of writing in Mesoamerica. We initially review the various theories of writing and its innovation. Then we survey the diverse calligraphic and poetic forms and their relationship with visuals culture more broadly. Finally, we examine the way  indigenous and European communities used writing and the concept of writing to negotiate their positions within the Colonial and contemporary periods. No prior knowledge of Precolumbian art or epigraphy is expected.
  ARH 5806-03  Global Indigenous Cinema
Dr. Kristin Dowell
Tuesday 12:30–3:15pm WJB 2038
What does visual sovereignty look like on-screen? Exploring the dynamic field of global Indigenous cinema from Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia and the Americas, we examine the innovative ways in which filmmakers decolonize the screen to articulate Indigenous stories through feature, experimental and short films. Students learn film curatorial practice, and the course will culminate in a student-curated film series.
  ARH 5806-04 East of Byzantium
Dr. Lynn Jones
Tuesday 3:35–6:20pm WJB 2038
This course looks at the transmission, translation and adaptation of the visual expression of power and piety in the medieval cultures of Armenia, Georgia, and Syria. Particular focus will be on sources of transmission, adaptation of ceremonial and costume, and the development of new iconographies.
ARH 5806-05  The Archaeology of Buildings
Dr. Kyle Killian
Monday 9:05am–11:50pm WJB 2038
The study of architectural from the past always involves a complex palimpsest of use, reuse, and erasure. There are several methodologies and technologies available to architectural historians to aid us in disentangling the pieces of these historical processes. This seminar will address conceptual frameworks for studying historical buildings as well as how to employ recording techniques from pencil and paper to complex photogrammetric modeling.

ARH 5806-06  European Encounters with New Worlds

Dr. Stephanie Leitch
Thursday 12:30pm–3:15pm WJB 2038
Ever wondered how European publics made their first visual acquaintance with non-Europeans in early modernity? This seminar examines how the first stereotyped representations both suited and resist conceptual categories, asking how artists received and organized information about peoples sensationally new to them.

ARH 5806-07 Art & Cultural Heritage Law & Policy
Dr. Preston McLane
Thursday 9:30am–12:15pm WJB 2038
This seminar explores the complex and controversial relationships between the history of art, heritage sites, and cultural artifacts through detailed analysis of legal doctrines, ethics, and philosophies, in the United States and internationally. We will look critically at the conflicts and contradictions in existing art and cultural heritage law and policy in their diverse sectors, including art theft and plunder, illicit trade in stolen art and cultural artifacts, provenance and ownership disputes, cultural reparations and repatriation, art forgery, and artists’ moral rights.

ARH 5806-08 Sex & the City
Dr. Lauren Weingarden
Thursday 3:35pm–6:20pm WJB 2041
Virgin or viper/matron or mistress? Sex & the City re-visits 19th-century Paris and the key role women played on both sides of the easel as painters and subjects. This course will focus on what it meant to be a “modern women” in the cosmopolitan city of Paris by exploring the visual representations of power sex money and fashion.