Art History is the study of the visual arts in civilization. It
examines changing values in all fields of visual culture,
including painting, sculpture, graphics, photography,
architecture, film, the mass media, and forms of popular
expression. Its interdisciplinary reach encompasses literature,
history, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, gender studies,
critical theory, and cultural studies. Art History emphasizes
visual as well as verbal and written literacy, providing more
than the standard advantages to a liberal arts education.
An introduction to the history of photography covering
technological developments, social reception, art historical
and image theory. From the daguerreotype to Instagram, an
of what makes photography fundamental to modern life.
The histories of the American West and photography are
synchronous and interwoven: as the nation expanded photography
provided pivotal records of exploration, exploitation, and newly
formed spatial identities. This talk will examine post-1945
landscape photography, tracing the relationship between
burgeoning housing development and novel modes of photographic
practice in the Bay Area and Los Angeles regions.