Lecture/discussion—4 hours; term paper. Development of new media and aesthetics in the context of such cultural and political phenomena as the New Left, feminism, and globalization; investigation of the critical-theoretical questions of neoavantgardism, postmodernism, and postmodernity.
Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: course 25 and/or course 184 recommended. Introduction to world architecture and urban design since circa 1966. Relation of influential styles, buildings, and architects to postmodern debates and to cultural, economic, technological and environmental change. Offered in alternate years.
Lecture/discussion—4 hours; term paper. American domestic architecture and its responsiveness to changes in daily life from Colonial times to the 1960s. Vernacular developments, effects of different socioeconomic conditions, and women’s role in shaping the home receive special attention.
Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Major movements from colonial times to the present. The role of buildings in a changing American society, the interplay of styles with technologies of construction, relationship between American and European developments and evolution of the architectural and planning professions.
Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: one course in art history, or upper division standing and a major or minor in the arts or humanities recommended. Social, cultural, aesthetic and technical developments in the history of photography including patronage and reception, commercial, scientific, political and artistic applications, and a critical-theoretical inquiry into photography’s impact on the social category “art” and the history of subjectivity. Offered in alternate years.
Lecture/discussion—4 hours; term paper. This survey of Buddhist art examines overall patterns of regional development using case studies of noteworthy Buddhist sites in South Asia, Southeast Asia and East Asia. The course traces the development of both Buddhist doctrine and artistic representation chronologically as it spreads through Asia.
This course explores the popular arts of India spanning the past 150 years with an emphasis on the ways old myths and religious themes were radically reimagined through artistic new mediums such as trade labels, lithographs, religious prints, pulp magazines, comic books and early film. It considers how colonial domination, international commerce, technology and social critique shaped the production and consumption of modern popular arts of India.
Discussion—3 hours; extensive writing. Close studyof selected recent developments in interpretive methodology used by art historians and other analysts of visual culture and the place of those developments within art history’s history and in the larger field of social, cultural and historical analysis. May be repeated one time for credit.
Discussion—3 hours; term paper. Restricted to graduate students in art history. Development of the research, writing, and editing skills necessary for producing publishable work. Focus on reference tools used by art historians and the mechanics of scholarship, from question framing and organization of ideas to writing clear, effective prose.
Seminar—3 hours. Approved for graduate degree credit. Study of private and public collections. Museum personalities. Appraisal of works of art; ethics of appraisal. Auction and sales: methods and catalogues. Registration. Technical problems of the museum. Connoisseurship. Collateral reading. Visits to museums. Seminar with assigned papers.