PLEASE NOTE: Regarding Prerequisites, ARH 3056/3057 are equivalent to the current survey courses ARH 2050/2051.
3056 and 3057 no longer exist. If you see these numbers as prerequisites, 2050 and 2051 are the actual prerequisites.
|ARH 4933-01 Cold War Art & Film
Dr. Karen Bearor
T/R 9:30–10:45am WJB 2041
This course focuses on how aspects of the Cold War—the arms race, space race, and Red Scare–had an impact on the style, content, and reception, of a wide range of visual media and genres, including paintings, sculpture, graphics, photography, animation, documentary shorts, TV programs, sci-fi, and film.
|ARH 4304-01 Italian Renaissance Architecture
Dr. Jack Freiberg
T/R 11:00am–12:15pm WJB G40
The masterworks of architecture produced in Italy during the period 1400 to 1600 influenced the entire subsequent history of the built environment. This course tracks the major works of the period, from Brunelleschi and Alberti, who engineered the classical revival that defines the Renaissance, to Michelangelo and Palladio, who extended their achievements in new directions. We will focus on the urban centers of Florence, Rome, and Venice, and the principal architectural types: palaces, city squares, churches, country villas, and fortifications.
|ARH 4933-02 Ottoman Art & Architecture
Dr. Lynn Jones
T/R 12:30–1:45pm WJB G40
This course presents the art and architecture of the Ottoman Empire (14-19th C). Ottoman art borrowed from Byzantine and Islamic cultures, developing a unique visual identity that was both adaptive and innovative. As part of the course, students will participate in the MoFA exhibition Identity in the Ottoman Empire.
Counts as a World Arts course.
|ARH 4211-01 Early Medieval Art & Architecture
Dr. Kyle Killian
T/R 2:00–3:15pm WJB G40
This course considers the development of the uses of art in the European Middle Ages, from Barbarian metalwork to the acceptance of the classical tradition, to the first mature pan-European art of Romanesque architecture and sculpture. Topics of special interest include pilgrimage, imperial imagery, manuscripts and monasteries.
|ARH 4372-01 Spanish Colonial Art & Architecture: Habsburg Period, 1492/1512-1700
Dr. Paul Niell
T/R 3:35–4:50pm WJB G40
This course focuses on the art, architecture, and visual culture of Spain’s overseas colonies during the conquest period and that of Austrian Habsburg rule (1506-1700). By examining a wide array of visual expressions, including painting, sculpture, architecture, urban space, prints, ephemera, ceramics, furniture, and clothing, the course considers relationships between art and such issues as colonialism, identity politics, social performance, and the production and exchange of commodities.
Counts as a World Arts course.
|IDS 2678-01 Apocalypse: The End of the World in Art (E-Series)
Dr. Rick Emmerson
T/R 9:30–10:45am WJB G40
This course studies the representation of the apocalypse in art from the Bible and the Middle Ages to the present, analyzing manuscript illustrations, films, paintings, and texts to determine why and how people thought the world will end. It examines the influence of apocalyptic beliefs on history, religion, politics, and contemporary fears of nuclear war and environmental disaster.
As capstone courses for the art history undergraduate curriculum, these seminars serve as an introduction to graduate study in the field. Although only one seminar is required for the major, taking multiple seminars will make you more academically competitive if you plan to continue with graduate study.
|ARH 4800-01 Photography after 1960
Dr. Adam Jolles
Wednesday 12:20–3:05pm WJB G41
This seminar concerns the development of art photography after the appearance of Robert Frank’s The Americans (1959). Topics to be considered include major exhibitions in the 1960s and 1970s (New Documents, New Topographics, and Towards a Social Landscape), critically successful photobooks (The Ballad of Sexual Dependency), the Boston and Dusseldorf schools, conceptual photography, the transition from modernism to postmodernism, and the proliferation of large-format color prints in the digital era.
|ARH 4800-02 Garden History
Dr. Robert Neuman
Wednesday 9:05–11:50am WJB 2038
This undergraduate seminar treats Western gardens from the Renaissance through the Modern period as expressions of beauty, power, and control of nature. We also study the representation of gardens in art. Examining plantings and design, we consider the meaning of gardens as status symbols and places of reverie.
|ARH 4800-03 Sex and the City
Dr. Lauren Weingarden
Tuesday 12:30–3:15pm WJB G41
Virgin or viper/matron or mistress? Sex & the City revisits 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.
|ARH 2000: Art, Architecture, and Artistic Vision – Online
Dr. Adam Jolles
Liberal Studies Designation: State-Wide; Humanities & Cultural Practice Core.
NOTE: Course counts for Art History minor requirements, but not for major.
This is a course about how to look systematically—visual appreciation. But it is also a course about how and where you see art in the world around you. We will look at a variety of media, from painting, sculpture, and architecture to advertisements, online imagery, and graffiti art. We will also discuss temporary types of art and objects that were never meant to hang in a museum. Along the way we will explore our local museums and other places where we interact with the visual production of our society. This course invites you to think about the extremely complex visual lives we lead.
|ARH 2050/2051: Art History Surveys
Required for Art History majors
Making and viewing art are practices fundamental to human experience, and the historical study of art works offers a unique perspective on our social and cultural development. These introductory survey courses provide an overview of Western art history from prehistory to the late Medieval period (2050) and from the early Renaissance to the end of the 20th century (2051). We will explore major themes such as the changing status of the artist and the impact of religion, politics, and technology on the production of art.
**Sections and times vary; see Student Central Course Search.
ARH 2814–01: Information Technology for the Art Historian
Monday 12:20–3:05pm WJB 2040
Everything you need to turn your Google machine into a working art historian’s computer: how to find and manipulate images, research with scholarly precision, build a database from scratch, read articles skeptically and write them convincingly, learn any program in a weekend, collaborate as journalists and bloggers, and create footnotes that will make your professors weep with joy. Along the way we also talk about getting a job, the thrill of procrastination, the agony of copyright, and when kids should get smartphones.
|ARH 3794–01: Museum Basics
Dr. Teri Abstein
Friday 9:05–11:50am WJB G40
From cabinets of curiosities to virtual museums, this course addresses museum history, philosophy, practice and careers. Through readings, discussions, guest lectures, field trips to local museums and a number of short topical projects, students will develop a framework for understanding the role of today’s museums. They will also be prepared to evaluate the major issues facing museum professionals today.
|ARH 3854–01: Museum Object
Dr. Doron Bauer
Tuesday 9:30am–12:15pm WJB G41
An examination of the history, philosophy, practice, and implications of acquiring, researching, and displaying objects in art museums and galleries. Each semester a different collection is selected for the exhibition, allowing the students to research and reflect on lessons intrinsic to the particular objects to be displayed, gain a working knowledge of literature on museum theory, and have the invaluable experience of designing, installing, and hosting an exhibition in a gallery setting.
|SPC 2067: Communication for Arts & Design
Dr. Preston McLane
Lecture: Monday 12:20–1:10pm in WJB 2005, Breakout sessions in WJB 2041 throughout week; see Course Schedule for details.
Talking about art is cool. Good public speaking takes practice. So let’s practice by talking about art. We will focus on core concepts of art criticism – looking, describing, interpreting, and evaluating – together with broader principles of effective communication useful in your personal and professional lives. Hone your delivery of bright and perceptive remarks while earning those all-important speech credits. You will be glad that you took this class.