Evolution of museums in the western world from the “cabinet of curiosities” of sixteenth-century Europe to the modern “art center.” The changing motives behind collecting, exhibiting, and interpretation of objects. Attention to museums’ historical legacies and continuing philosophical dilemmas.
Fulfills New GE requirements: Arts & Humanities, Writing, Visual Literacy
Fall Quarter, Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30-11:50 am, Art 217
Introduction to the urban history of the Islamic world. Includes critical study of the historiography of the Islamic city, development of urban form, institutions and rituals, and analysis of selected themes.
Fulfills New GE requirements: Arts & Humanities, Visual Literacy, World Cultures
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.
Fall Quarter, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30-11:50 am
Architecture and urban development in the ancient Near East, Greece, and Rome. Special emphasis on the social structure of the ancient city as expressed in its architecture, and on the interaction between local traditions and the impact of Greco-Roman urbanism.
Fulfills New GE requirements: Arts & Humanities, Visual Literacy.