Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). The institution of the museum in the context of modernity, nationalism, (post)colonialism, and the society of spectacle. Designed to bring art objects of the Manetti Shrem collection, global art history, and foundational critical theory together in a meaningful and experimental way.
Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Introduction to visual analysis through study of western art 1600-present, examining major artists and movements from Europe to North America. Study of the relationship of art and artists to political,religious, social change, and to changes in ideology, patronage, audience. May be repeated for credit.
Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Introduction to major forms and trends in the arts and material culture of Asia from the Neolithic to the contemporary emphasizing the visual manifestation of secular and religious ideas and ideals. Not open for credit to students who have completed course 1DV.
Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Introduction to the art and architecture of the Islamic world including the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and South Asia, from the 7th century CE to the 20th. Offered in alternatie years.
Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Development of visual literacy for an increasingly visual world. Critical analyses focus on a wide variety of visual media: the fine arts across media and eras of world culture, television, film, advertising. Intended for a diverse spectrum of audiences.
Lecture—3 hours; discussion-1 hour. Development of architecture and urban design; how form, space, order are conceived and used across eras and cultures. Examines the function and organization of space, technological problems of construction, visual qualities of architecture, and social issues connected to architecture.
Lecture/discussion–3 hours; term paper. 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. Offered in alternate years.
Lecture/discussion–4 hours. Study of human rights as they relate to art, architecture, and cultural heritage. Examines museums, art collections, and cultural-heritage management, their relation to the cultural prerogatives of communities and indigenous groups, and protection of cultural heritage during war and conflict.
GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci|AH or SS, DD, VL, WC, WE.
Lecture/discussion–4 hours. Role of contemporary artists, public monuments, urban spaces, the movie industry, photography, propaganda art, and comics in construction of political ideologies and collective identities.
Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Relationship between space and sexuality. Sexual metaphors in art and architecture, gender identity formation via images and space. Diverse intersections of sexuality and art history.
Lecture-3 hours; term paper. Interpretation of the natural world in the western world 1600-1900, with perspectives on the present; landscape painting, ideology of picturesque and sublime, landscape art and travel, reshaping the land as art.
Lecture-3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: Art Studio 5 or 7 recommended, Study of forms and symbols in historic and contemporary masterpieces. (Same course as Art Studio 148.) Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt|AH, VL, WE.
Examination of the art of Africa and the African Diaspora. An overview of key themes in African art history and the ways in which these arts are integrated with diverse aspects of life. The course covers the archaeological cultures of Africa, as well as the traditions of both centralized and non-centralized (village or band-based) historic and contemporary societies. We also discuss how African art has been perceived and interpreted by Europeans and Americans.
Lecture/discussion–4 hours. Comparative history of architecture and symbolism of the Hindu Temple in India, Southeast Asia and the United States. Attention to the temple as expression of religious knowledge, political authority, and cultural heritage through the lens of colonialism and postcolonialism.
Lecture—3 hour; term paper. Prerequisite: course 1E recommended. 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.
Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: course 1E recommended. Critical study of the arts of the luxury book in the pre-modern Islamic world. Representation in Islam, the relationship of word and image, the discipline of
Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Thematic and chronological examination of 3000 years of Chinese art and culture from Neolithic through Tang Dynasty (10th c. CE). Study of ceremonial and secular objects manifesting folk beliefs and belief systems of ancestor worship, Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism. Offered in alternate years.